Reports: Larry Sanders Signs With Cavs After 2-Year NBA Absence
Larry Sanders Reaches Deal with Cavaliers For NBA Return
The Vertical’s Shams Charania first reported the news. No details of the deal are yet available.
Sanders, 28, will fill the 15th spot on the Cavs’ roster that opened up when Andrew Bogut fractured his left leg, an injury that has ended his season.
The former Milwaukee Bucks big man has been out of the NBA since February 2015. Sanders accepted a contract buyout with the Bucks. According to the Vertical, Sanders has violated the NBA’s anti-drug policy four times with positive marijuana tests.
He also took a leave of absence, stepping away from the game and checking himself into a hospital for anxiety and depression.
The Bucks selected Sanders in the first round of the 2010 draft. He has averaged 1.8 blocks per game in his five-year career (233 games) and was second in the league in blocks per game in 2012-13.
Sanders and his agent Joel Bell are in Cleveland on Monday as the former prepares to take a physical before the deal becomes official. After he is examined, the Cavs will waive Bogut, per sources.
The Vertical reported that Sanders also met with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. He also had a seven-team workout in Miami.
Sanders announced on Jan. 26 that he planned to return to NBA play.
On Sunday, the Cavs fell to the Houston Rockets 117-112 after leading by 14 points, thus taking their fourth loss in five games. Cleveland (43-22, 1st in Eastern Conference) has also struggled on the glass since Kevin Love went out for knee surgery. They next host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
DALLAS, TX – FEBRUARY 26: Larry Sanders #8 of the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Center on February 26, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.