Cavs Find Bogut Replacement, Sign Larry Sanders
Out of the NBA for just over two years, Larry Sanders is ready to make his return to the association after signing contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a deal that likely includes a guarantee trigger date for the 17-18 season.
On February 21, 2015, the 28-year old big man was bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks after accepting a second suspension for marijuana use. A few days later, Sanders announced that he was entering rehabilitation, siting anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. Claiming that he still has a love and a passion for a game, Sanders stated: “if I get to a point where I feel I’m capable of playing basketball again, then I will.”
That time is now. Earlier in February, Sanders had a seven-team workout, after which he met with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, and of course, the Cavs.
After losing Andrew Bogut for the season due to a horrible leg injury, the Cavaliers turned to Sanders. In five-seasons with the Bucks the big man has become a superior rim protector and a solid rebounder, averaging 6.5-points, 5.8-boards, and 1.8-blocks over that span.
The Cavs waived Bogut to make room for 6’11” centre. The move gives the Cavaliers one more rim protecting option behind starter Tristan Thompson. With Kevin Love still nursing an injury, the signing also gives the Cavs some much needed size.