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Cleveland needs a big man in the paint. Rumor has it that Larry Sanders, former Milwaukee Bucks Center / Power Forward will workout with the Cavs Thursday. According to Sanders’ Snapchat account, he arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Sanders was selected as the 15th overall pick by the Bucks in the NBA draft in 2010. In 2012, he was voted as the 3rd most improved player. This sounded great to me at first, but as I continued my research to make sure this big guy was good enough for Cleveland, I was reminded that Sanders hasn’t played since the 2014-2015 season. He also has a bit of an unruly record starting in 2013, with altercations at a nightclub and then went on to violate the NBA’s drug policy (twice!) during the 2014-2015 season. Since then, Sanders has completed a rehabilitation program and tweeted back in January, “Officially stepping back into the game, looking for a good fit but it shouldn’t be long now, I really missed the game, I think it missed me 2.”

Is Larry Sanders a good fit for Cleveland? Sanders averaged 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 19.8 minutes and played 233 games. Again, Sanders hasn’t played since the 2014-2015 season when the Bucks bought him out of his contract and he walked away from the game. Many great athletes have made mistakes as they are human but his stats just didn’t ‘wow’ me.

Unlike other teams, Cleveland isn’t concerned about age or history. They just want hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Cleveland signed Small Forward / Shooting Guard Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks who is 35 years old and killin’ it. Korver was just what we needed.  Now we need a big man that will add dimension to the front court especially since Kevin Love is projected to be out until the end of March. I would rather see current talent join the Cavs such as: Blake Griffin, Karl Anthony Towns, Dwight Howard or Andre Drummond just to name a few…

Other teams dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season have worked Sanders out, but ultimately passed, leaving him up for grabs. No doubt he was a contender earlier on with the Bucks. The Cavaliers are a championship team and we need a big man that will protect the rim and score down low in the paint. The search continues…

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