Cavs agree to deal with Larry Sanders

  • Cavs agree to deal with Larry Sanders

Cavs agree to deal with Larry Sanders

The Cavaliers have reached a contract agreement with free agent center Larry Sanders, general manager David Griffin announced in a team release Monday. Despite the time away from the game and scouts who have viewed his recent workouts indicating that he's lost some muscle mass, the 28-year-old Sanders is still an athletic specimen who could bring a much-needed rim-protecting presence to the second unit. After losing Andrew Bogut for the season in the first minute of his Cleveland Cavalier action, he was waived in order to create room for another healthy big.

It's hard to know if he'll ever return to the form he displayed in the 2012-13 campaign, but he's a relatively low-cost gamble for the Cavaliers after Andrew Bogut suffered a fractured left tibia just seconds into his first appearance with the Wine and Gold.

In four-plus National Basketball Association seasons, Sanders averaged 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.

When planning his comeback, Sanders told Complex that he wanted to play for a title and in a low-pressure environment.

After a long hiatus, Larry Sanders reportedly signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Multiple sources, including Yahoo's The Vertical, report Sanders agreed to a deal with Cavs with a likely 2017-2018 option date.

With Bogut out for the rest of the season, the Cavaliers will have to look for another backup rim protector. He left the league shortly thereafter and later checked himself into a hospital as he was battling anxiety and depression. While Kevin Love is out, the only other Center on the team other than Thompson is Channing Frye, and he's known more for his shooting and floor spacing than his rebounding and defense.

It is not yet known when Sanders will make his debut with the Cavs, but the team will play its next game on Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena at 7. "Why not? Everyone deserves a second chance, and it looks like he wants to get back to playing the game he loves, and hopefully this is his destination".