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ESPN Cleveland: Brian Windhorst: On Sanders option for next year, the #Cavs don’t have guaranteed money up to a certain date, if they decide to pick it up.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed center Larry Sanders, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced on Monday from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
The Cavaliers started negotiations with Sanders after losing Bogut last Monday because of a fractured leg. Cleveland also talked with free-agent forward Josh Smith, league sources said, but focused on completing a deal with Sanders. Bogut was expected to provide shot-blocking and rebounding before suffering the season-ending injury against Miami.
Sanders hasn’t played since the 2014-15 season – when he decided to walk away from the game. But he recently told NBA.com he is ready to return and has worked out for other teams before reaching a deal with the Cavs. Cleveland will sign Sanders for the remainder of the season. He has a non-guaranteed team option on his contract for the 2017-18 season.
Jon Krawczynski: Larry Sanders taking his physical with Cavs now. Will sign for the rest of the year with a team option for next. Been a long road back
The Cavs still need to make at least one roster move — likely releasing Bogut and potentially guard DeAndre Liggins too — before Sanders can join the team. All of it could happen as soon as Tuesday morning, sources said.
Shams Charania: Larry Sanders has agreed on a deal to make NBA return with the Cavaliers, w/ likely 2017-18 option date, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Sam Amico: Larry Sanders and #Cavs have agreed to contract, per source. Sanders could join team as soon as Tuesday.
Shams Charania: Sources: Larry Sanders is in Cleveland w/ his agent Joel Bell: Cavs’ physical exam this morning. Sides finalizing option date for stability.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have vetted center Larry Sanders and held extended contract negotiations concerning a possible second, nonguaranteed season, sources said Sunday. The Cavs could add a player as early as Monday, when they have hinted they will choose a big man to try to fill the 15th roster spot left when Andrew Bogut suffered a broken leg.
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not waste time wallowing in their misfortune after Andrew Bogut suffered a season-ending leg injury in his first minute of action with the team. The franchise’s focus has turned back to free-agent big man Larry Sanders as a potential salve for their shoddy defense, and he could be signed as soon as this Monday, when the Cavs return home from their current three-game road trip, multiple sources told ESPN.
Signing Sanders after the team waives Bogut is not a foregone conclusion, however. A team source told ESPN that there is another player competing with Sanders for the one open spot the Cavs will have on the roster.
If that spot goes to Sanders, one important member of the Cavaliers sounds OK with it: LeBron James. “It looks like he wants another opportunity, and hopefully, if we’re the team, hopefully we give him an opportunity,” James said before the Cavs held shootaround Saturday morning to prepare for their game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. “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. You don’t know how much you can get out of a guy that’s been out so long, but I’d love to see it. Why not?”
On Friday night, The Vertical reported that the Cavs and Sanders, who is 6-11, were in serious discussions on a contract. A source said no decisions had been made and suggested the talks weren’t quite as advanced. Then again, two things are clear: Cleveland and Sanders have been talking and the Cavs have an opening for another post player.
Sanders and the Cavaliers are still discussing the agreement, and a deal could happen as soon as Monday, league sources said. The Cavaliers must still decide whom to waive to create space for Sanders, league sources said.
The Cavaliers started negotiations with Sanders after losing center Andrew Bogut on Monday because of a fractured leg. Bogut agreed to a contract buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 27 and chose Cleveland over Boston and Houston. Bogut was expected to provide shot-blocking and rebounding before suffering the season-ending injury in his Cavs debut against Miami.
Alex Kennedy: Larry Sanders remains a possibility for the Cavs, but nothing is imminent. Cleveland weighing options and won’t add anyone during road trip.
Alex Kennedy: League source says that no signing is imminent for Cleveland at the moment. No decision will be made until after the team’s road trip.
Sam Amico: Free agent center Larry Sanders nearing deal with #Cavs, league source tells Amico Hoops. Still a couple obstacles to be cleared.
Shams Charania: Former NBA center Larry Sanders and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious discussions toward a deal, league sources tell @The Vertical.
When the Lakers worked out Larry Sanders, a free-agent big man with a history of depression and substance-abuse issues, Johnson wasn’t informed or consulted. Jim Buss had scheduled a meeting with Johnson and Kupchak for the Monday after the All-Star Game, but it seemed that would be the first time Johnson would really get to talk to them about strategy. As far as Jeanie Buss was concerned, it was already too late.
Sanders has been working out for and meeting with teams — individual times with the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, a group workout in Miami earlier this month witnessed by the Cavs and six other squads — to show them that he’s serious about returning to the NBA, two years after flaming out in Milwaukee, needing and ultimately receiving treatment for depression and anxiety disorder.
Now, he says he’s much better equipped, through the inclusion of new people in his life and the removal of others, along with having been able to tap into the creative world during the past 24 months, to return to the physical and mental rigors of the NBA.
He has worked out for months, mostly in Miami, with trainer Stan Remy, best known for his work with Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight. He has a new agent, Washington-based Joel Bell. He’d like to hook on with a team immediately and start to learn its terminologies and such, but understands that some may need convincing, or may want to wait until the summer.
“I was young in the league,” he says. “I was using it to handle where I was going. I wasn’t really managing my life at a high level. That was helping me to cope. But in hindsight, while I was coping on a day to day, on a larger scale, it was hindering. Because there were other skills that I needed to learn. Now, being away from marijuana, I’m able to look back on it and understand it and indulge in these other coping mechanisms. I’m older now, too. I feel my brain’s more developed. There’s different things that, chemically, are put in place now, that make me, I feel like a stronger individual, where a crutch doesn’t seem as appealing as it did before. There’s a lot of value in me learning things on my own and dealing with issues head on.”
“I miss being on a team, man,” Sanders said on the phone last week. “I miss going to war with my teammates and fighting against another team and giving my all out there and affecting the game. My children are getting older. I have a boy and a girl, and my son talks about it all the time now, he misses me playing. Giving them something to cheer for, and my family. Having my name on my back, our name on my back. There’s a lot of value in that, there’s a lot of strength in that, for my whole family. Me being that person for them brings joy to me.”
I would say I worked really hard to get to where I was,” Sanders said. “I worked extremely hard. I started playing basketball when I was 17 years old. Things kind of hit me fast. It was hard to manage. I would say I’m more mature. I’m better. I’m at a higher level. I’m a better basketball player. I’ve taken that time to establish those things and get my family in order — not to say everything’s perfect. I took the time that I needed. To convince someone by words, I don’t know what more I can say. The action’s going to be everything. If a team’s willing to take that risk on me, I’m also taking that risk on them, that they’re going to be able to support me and be in my corner. We’re going to be able to understand each other. I believe there’s a team out there that’s like that, that would love a guy like me in their system.”
Mike B: @stevekylerNBA do you think the Celtics would have interest in Sanders /Bogut. Steve Kyler: No interest in Sanders. Did not do well in his workout. Bogut is a real possibility. Cavs, C’s, Rockets all said to be under consideration.
Sha-Money: Heard lastnight during the game that Sanders looked terrific. Steve Kyler: Cavs seemed to have liked him. Lakers and Celtics did not think he was far enough along physically. Heard was 20 pounds underweight.
Jermaine Reese: @stevekylerNBA so lue said he worked out good and/or he was amazed with his athleticism. But he didnt work out good? Smh 🤔 Steve Kyler: Cavs liked him, but Lakers and Celtics were not interested. Cavs consider him if they miss on Bogut.
The Cavs had Larry Sanders in this week to talk to him, but his checkered past apparently is even more checkered than known. A Cavs official confirmed to me tonight they were aware Sanders was arrested last year on a felony charge in Los Angeles, but did not provide any details about the arrest. Late-night attempts to obtain a police report were futile, but according to Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department jail records, Sanders was arrested on June 12 and booked into the Van Nuys jail. His bail was set at $50,000. One Cavs official said he didn’t believe Sanders would be facing discipline by the league should he sign with an NBA team.
Cleveland is also considering center Larry Sanders, who last played in the NBA in the 2014-15 season and has a suspension for marijuana to his name. Sanders interviewed with the Cavs Wednesday.
The Cavs won’t make any decision on potentially bringing in Larry Sanders to fill their 15th roster spot until after the 3 p.m. deadline, a league source tells ESPN. Andrew Bogut is another big Cleveland has long coveted and with Philadelphia likely moving the former Golden State center, expect CLE to try to get into the mix there.
Lue also said he is “not sure” whether there’s a path to Sanders signing with the Cavs, who have one open roster spot. “What I saw today I liked,” he said. “I like him as a person, like what I saw. We’ll see.”
“I just think it’s his mindset,” head coach Tyronn Lue said when asked whether Sanders can ever get back to being that player. “I don’t think his talents went anywhere. Being able to block shots, run the floor, being athletic. I don’t think that’s going to change. It’s just a mindset of, ‘Does he really want to play the game and does he still love it?’ If his mindset is right, he can definitely still play.”
Sanders is attempting an NBA comeback, his second chapter in a checkered career. After an earlier workout with the Boston Celtics, one that has been termed underwhelming, Sanders was in Cleveland Wednesday, interviewing with the Cavaliers while they try to also gauge where he is physically. “It was good. It was good,” Lue said. “He’s a good dude. I know he has some negative things said about him, but just meeting him for the first time, just talking to him one on one, I mean, he’s a great guy. You never know, you never understand until you’re around that person and you’re able to talk to that person. With me, everybody I meet always has a clean slate. You have a clean slate until you do something wrong, so he was a great dude just talking to him.”
The Cavs will meet with free agent big man Larry Sanders today but won’t work him out on the court, a source told cleveland.com. Sanders, 28, hasn’t played since the 2014-15 season, when he was bought out from his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks after he apparently did not want to play pro basketball at that time in his life.
Sam Amico: Tyronn Lue and assistant Larry Drew will oversee Larry Sanders’ workout with #Cavs. Sanders will undergo physical/meeting first, sources say
Sam Amico: If the #Cavs like what they see with Larry Sanders, they’ll start talking contract, per sources.
The Cavaliers have been talking with the agent for free agent center Larry Sanders, league sources told Amico Hoops early Wednesday. Sanders is 6-foot-11 and last played with Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season. He is represented by Joel Bell. Sources said there is no deal yet between the Cavs and Sanders, but Sanders has made it known he would prefer to play for the Cavs over the other teams showing interest. More than 15 teams have explored signing Sanders so far this season, sources said. The Cavs want to take a good look at Sanders and likely intend to have him conduct a workout.
Free-agent big man Larry Sanders is believed to have a workout scheduled with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN. Sanders arrived in Cleveland late Tuesday night. He posted photos of his arrival on Snapchat.
Niko Byrne @thunderkat418: @DWolfsonKSTP any word on if the Wolves had a representative present for Larry Sanders’ workout? Darren Wolfson: #Twolves have seen Sanders workout, I hear. Sure seems like many others have more interest. IMO, I’d give him a look at the vet minimum.
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton on Larry Sanders, who met with Lakers today. “He was a great rim protector, great rebounder.” He last played in 2014.
Mike Bresnahan: Lakers are currently meeting with former NBA center Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played in the league since December 2014. He is 28 years old.
If everything goes accordingly, Larry Sanders will return to the NBA in about two weeks. What’s more, he could be returning to a team that is bound for the playoffs. Sanders, the former Milwaukee Bucks’ starting center who shocked the basketball world by deciding to quit playing in 2015, recently auditioned for a half dozen teams over a two-day period in Miami. The 6-foot-11 Sanders went through a series of drills and then conducted interviews for the NBA officials in attendance. Sanders openly discussed his past on-court and off-court issues as well as his desire to resume his pro career. “It went very well,’’ said veteran agent Joel Bell, who represents Sanders. “They (NBA officials) had as much time as they wanted to work on certain drills with Larry or to talk to him.’’
“A lot of teams have expressed interest in Larry,’’ Bell said. “We already have one offer on the table. We should have something done at some point, probably by the All-Star break.’’
It’s highly unlikely the team will be the Milwaukee Bucks. Sanders, the former Bucks’ starting center who decided to walk away from the game in February of 2015, recently announced plans to resume his NBA career. Sanders’ agent, Joel Bell, said several teams have shown interest in his client but not the only NBA team he’s ever played for. “I haven’t heard from the Bucks,’’ Bell said in a telephone interview.
Bell said interest in Sanders, whom the Bucks made the 15thoverall selection in the 2010 draft, has increased since he publicly disclosed his desire to play again. “My phone has been ringing very frequently,’’ Bell said. Two NBA officials contacted Thursday both said some team will likely sign Sanders to a pro-rated salary for somewhere around $300,000 for the rest of the season. Asked which teams could be potential landing spots for Sanders, the officials mentioned Dallas, Houston, Boston, New Orleans and Minnesota.
Jason Quick: Trail Blazers are NOT one of teams interested in Larry Sanders, according to agent. Too close to tax line to take on any type of salary.
Darren Wolfson: Larry Sanders will meet w/ teams next week in Miami. 8-12 have expressed interest. We’ll see on #Twolves. Adding some big is a possibility.
Sanders has hired agent Joel Bell and has started meeting with NBA teams, including, league sources said, a visit with the Boston Celtics last week. He has three additional team visits scheduled, league sources said. For NBA teams searching for frontcourt depth and rim protection, Sanders could become an option. Sanders, 28, has been determined the past six months to return to basketball shape and now believes he is ready, sources said.
Shams Charania: Former Milwaukee center Larry Sanders has ramped up NBA comeback efforts. He has hired agent Joel Bell and started visits to teams.
If he’s deemed suitable to return for a late-season push, they’re not making any moves regarding a big man despite a report that Larry Sanders would meet with Washington next week. League sources told CSNmidatlantic.com on Friday that no such meeting is scheduled nor will take place with Sanders, who last played in the NBA two seasons ago. But teams will allow players such as Sanders to train at their facility as a courtesy.
Gary Washburn: Hearing Larry Sanders’ workout with the #Celtics was not all that impressive. Doesn’t appear to be in the team’s plans.
Former Milwaukee Bucks big man Larry Sanders did indeed work out Thursday for the Boston Celtics, MassLive.com has learned. Sanders, 28, broke the news on his Instagram page, but did so with a cryptic series of messages. In one, he put his location as Boston. In another, he revealed he worked out for an NBA team but didn’t say which one.
A source suggested he did not look overly impressive during the workout. While that should be expected given he has not played in the NBA for years, it also won’t hasten Boston’s desire to clear space for him.
Keith Smith: Source: Larry Sanders worked out with the Celtics recently. No signing imminent. Both sides just checking in to see where things are at.
This summer provided the first murmurs that, finally, he might be ready. On July 9th, he tweeted a picture of the cast from the movie The Warriors. An hour later, he followed up with an oil painting of a cavalier. He trended on Twitter that night, with the basketball media wondering aloud whether this was Sanders’ cryptic way of hinting last year’s NBA finalists were pursuing his services. At some point this summer, they were; multiple sources confirmed to VICE Sports that those two teams expressed serious interest in signing him. Two weeks later, Sanders dropped any pretense of subtlety, polling anyone with an opinion on “which team do [they] believe will utilize [his] skills the best?”
But with only a month before training camps open, Sanders remains on the basketball fringes. His camp insists that the door is open for him to return. Perhaps his exit Milwaukee poisoned the well too thoroughly for that to happen. Or maybe there is an offer on the table and he isn’t in the right frame of mind to take it. The same league source, expressing a widely held concern within NBA circles, wonders whether Sanders even loves basketball in the first place.
That likely will not fly. While the same league source admits that Sanders is a “unique case study” in how teams will regard a potential return, he believes that, ultimately, a Larry Sanders comeback could be undone for rather expected reasons. Among them: marijuana, questionable fit in the locker room, and the great unknown of mental health. But the first explanation he offered for why an estimated two-thirds of NBA teams, including his own, won’t touch Sanders is the same one Sanders himself offered: that basketball cannot be the only thing on his mind. “We’re not alone in this way. A lot of teams have a culture where basketball has to be top priority,” he said. “Careers are so short that, if it’s not made a primary focus, you can’t really extract the most out of yourself or your opportunity. And Larry is certainly not in that category. Whether it’s music, art, lifestyle, et al.—basketball is not his top passion.”
“He’s not DeAndre Jordan, but he’s not too far off,” a league source told VICE Sports. “As a pure defensive specialist center, top five. Top eight. And the thing is, the list isn’t that long. It’s not a top 30. There’s not a top 12. They’re unicorns in that way.” It’s entirely plausible that Sanders is currently the best basketball player in the world not currently playing in the NBA. At the very least, he is the most tantalizing. And his talent is made all the more alluring by the fact that Sanders, mostly of his own volition, chooses not to use it.
“I won’t put myself in that situation again,” he said. “Honestly, there will never be the urgency to do it. I don’t care if I’m dead broke on the beach somewhere, because I understand—I truly believe in my heart—there’s too many things to do in this world.” This was June. A month later, reports that Sanders was contemplating un-retirement would send the basketball world into convulsions.
Daryl Mark Pulido: Any updates with Larry Sanders? Are the Cavs interested in him to join the Camp in September? – Steve Kyler: Nothing new, but Larry Sanders is not doing a camp-only deal, it has to be right situation with real opportunity.
Larry Sanders, formerly of the Milwaukee Bucks, would fit such a profile. Away from the NBA since December 2014, the 6-foot-11 center is weighing a comeback, according to multiple reports. And he seems interested in joining the Warriors. But the Warriors, as of Sunday afternoon, had not engaged in discussion of Sanders, a member of the front office indicated to CSNBayArea.com.
Alex Kennedy: Former Bucks center @Larry Sanders will play for @VCURamNation in @thetournament. First basketball since leaving MIL. https://t.co/wICvM71PbS
Basketball Insiders: You mentioned you’re in a better place, which leads to the big question that everyone is asking. Do you see yourself making an NBA comeback anytime soon? Larry Sanders: “I could see myself coming back to the NBA and… I mean, I’ll just leave it at that. I can’t say too much. (laughs) I can see myself coming back there.”
Basketball Insiders: How much do you miss basketball? You mentioned that you love the game and once you’re in that culture, it’s hard to just completely remove yourself from it. Do you watch games and still play at all? Larry Sanders: “Oh, I do miss it. I have season tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers and I love watching and dissecting the game. I mean, I love this game. I really do. I love to play it, and I do still play a lot here in L.A. But there were some things about it, some situations, that I didn’t love. But I feel like I’m in a much better place right now and I’m equipped to be able to put myself in that situation again.”
Larry Sanders: “Because I started playing basketball late, I had other interests before that. I love basketball and the competition and the comradery and all of that. But, at the same time, I feel like basketball took a lot away from me too. It limited me in a lot of ways. And I’ve been an artist my whole life. I loved drawing. I wanted to be an oceanographer. I’ve skateboarded for the majority of my life. I always had this artistic and rebellious way about me, and it clashed with the NBA culture. It really did. I got to the point where I realized that the NBA is a machine. It’s going to keep running, with or without you. If it can keep running without Allen Iverson – Allen Iverson! – then it’s definitely not worried about me. I knew that, and I also knew they really didn’t have the time to get to know me, to understand me and who I am. And look, I totally understand that. I get that. But I just felt like I had to put myself in a better position in life, to feel more fulfilled. At the end of the day, I’m left with myself, my loved ones and the life I made. I wanted to be someone who was proud of their story. It was always about staying true to myself. I didn’t want to lose myself and who I was for anything. No amount of money. Nothing.”
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The team has lost three games in a row, six of their last seven and appeared lifeless, again, Friday in a 115-87 blowout loss to the Orlando Magic. Van Gundy chose not to address his team after. “I mean, his message is to win,” Pistons forward Tobias Harris said. “So, to be honest, if that’s not getting through — that’s an issue. Coach wants to win. We all to want to win. But if that message isn’t getting through, especially with the position we’re at right now and what’s at stake, I mean, it’s disappointing.”
Asked Wednesday after a blowout loss at Chicago, Van Gundy said he was unsure whether players had stopped listening to him. Then Friday, when asked if his players had given up, he replied: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask them.”
“Everybody’s really, really frustrated,” Van Gundy said. “We’re struggling with the mental part of it right now. We’re just trying to free up their minds a little bit, and get them to playing basketball, and enjoy playing basketball again.”
“The energy has been zapped. … The frustration of not playing well – of the ball not going in the basket, of taking some losses and things like that – can get you to lose your energy. Lose your intensity. Lose your fight a little bit, and that’s what we’ve been going through.”