NBA Rumors: Larry Sanders Could Start For Cleveland Cavaliers If He Gets A Deal

NBA Rumors: Larry Sanders Could Start For Cleveland Cavaliers If He Gets A Deal
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Larry Sanders is just the center the Cleveland Cavaliers need. LeBron James wants big men who can roll to the basket and finish. Sanders can do that and more.


The Cavaliers play in a conference that has Andre Drummond, Al Jefferson, Greg Monroe and Dwight Howard. While the team could still stand on its own against those centers, the game would be much easier for LeBron and company if they had a teammate who could offset traditional interior bigs.

King James Gospel noted that the signing of Chris Andersen gives the team a dependable shot blocker. However, the 38-year-old journeyman might not have the strength anymore to bang bodies with top-tier centers.

Kevin Love is arguably the team’s most versatile big man, on the offensive end that is. His defensive tenacity is a suspect and his lack of lateral quickness leaves a lot to be desired. Tristan Thompson can keep up with high-profile centers, but he is more useful off the bench.

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Sanders stands 6 feet and 11 inches tall, and was one of the most feared rim protectors in the NBA during his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks. His length, athleticism and court awareness is what the Cavaliers need to compensate for Love’s defensive deficiencies and Thompson’s limited offensive game.

Two teams were said to be in the running to sign Sanders in free agency — the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers. The Warriors have since dismissed the rumors that they were interested in Sanders.

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old center took to Twitter this week to claim he already knows where he will end up next season. NBA observers speculated that if he wasn’t going to the Warriors, he will most likely sign with the Cavaliers.

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

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  • Cheeseheadslim

    Funny How Larry went down on the Bucks team like a puff of smoke…but wish him all

  • erik fosterling

    Larry sanders why does that name sound so familiar, Oh yes he quit the game then left MKE. What a quitter come on make a team better sell out. Clevland doesnt need him. Next thing you know there will be a team with Lebron Irving Love Sanders and Durant. OMG there is minus Durant. This league is broken.

  • Graham Strouse

    Sanders would be a good get for Cleveland. He might not pan out, but if he does, he brings major upside. He’s a great defender and rebounder when he has his head together & he won’t cost much. More importantly, he’ll be cheap. Cleveland’s edge against the West is that they’re a power team. They’re athletic, explosive, they hit the glass and they play smash mouth defense. With Sanders, who can guard three positions, they’d have a lot of interior depth. Also, he’s still relatively young.