Cleveland Cavaliers Nearing Deal for Larry Sanders as Golden State Warriors Deny Interest?

Cleveland Cavaliers Nearing Deal for Larry Sanders as Golden State Warriors Deny Interest?
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Free agent center Larry Sanders could be nearing a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Golden State Warriors were said to be interested in him as well, but a representative from the team later dispelled the rumors.


Sanders walked away from basketball in 2014 to confront his mental health issues. After a 20-month sabbatical, the former Milwaukee Bucks star recently teased his return to the NBA. He took to Twitter over the weekend to post two very noteworthy images.

The first photo was a screenshot of the 1979 movie The Warriors, while the second was a portrait of a cavalier. Naturally, his social media exploits got many wondering if he is slowly reaching a deal with either teams.

Amid the free agency rumors, a member of the Warriors front office told CSN Bay Area that the idea of signing Sanders hasn’t crossed the team’s mind. On the other hand, the Cavaliers have remained tight-lipped regarding the issue.

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King James Gospel argued that the Cavaliers should seriously consider signing Sanders, if they haven’t already. He was one of the most proficient rim protectors in the NBA. In his best season with the Bucks, Sanders averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in just 27.3 minutes of play.

The team that eventually lands Sanders would get a talented defender who will give his all on the court. Off the court, he might cause some problems. His off-court issues could be a problem for any team, but the Cavaliers have a guy like LeBron James who could take Saunders under his watch.

Due to his buyout agreement with the Bucks, Sanders is still receiving an annual pay of $2.17 million from his former team. The buyout provision will end in 2022, and If he does sign with the Cavaliers or the Warriors, he would only be getting the minimum salary for veterans, which ranges from $874,636 to $1,551,659.

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