Sanders was assigned Sunday to the D-League's Canton Charge, Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
As expected, Sanders will continue to move back and forth between the two rosters, with the D-League offering the opportunity to get him back into game shape. Sanders could be recalled in time for Monday's game against the Spurs, although he's largely remained out of the regular rotation and may not see the floor in a competitive contest.
Sanders was recalled Thursday from the D-League's Canton Charge, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports.
Sanders saw his first action with the Charge on Saturday, posting two points (0-2 FG, 2-4 FT), one rebound and three blocks over 12 minutes. He also picked up five fouls, so it wasn't necessarily the best debut. The Cavaliers continue to try and get Sanders minutes in order to get his conditioning in order after a two-year hiatus from the NBA, so it wouldn't be surprising if he continues to alternate between the two rosters. That said, after being recalled, Sanders should be available off the bench for Friday's game against the Hornets, although his role will likely be very limited.
Sanders is expected to spend the next two weeks with the D-League's Canton Charge, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Sanders just signed with the Cavaliers on Monday and hasn't played in an NBA game since the 2014-15 season, so he's going to need some time to get his conditioning in order and get back into game shape. For that reason, Sanders is slated to join the Charge as early as Saturday in order to shake off the rust and is expected to remain there for around two weeks. That would leave roughly three weeks left in the regular season for Sanders to earn a role in the regular rotation off the bench, although that likely won't be more than 10-to-20 minutes with Tristan Thompson commanding the bulk of the playing time. Sanders provides the Cavaliers with an above average rim-protector, but considering the upcoming lengthy stay in the D-League, Sanders can largely be avoided in fantasy leagues for the time being.
Sanders reached an agreement Monday to sign with the Cavaliers for the remainder of the season, ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reports. The contract is also expected to include a team option for 2017-18, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
After Andrew Bogut suffered a broken leg in his team debut last week and was ruled out for the season, the Cavaliers decided to fill the void at center with Sanders, a former first-round pick who has been out of the league for two years. Despite the time away from the game and scouts who have viewed his recent workouts indicating that he's lost some muscle mass, the 28-year-old Sanders is still an athletic specimen who could bring a much-needed rim-protecting presence to the second unit. He's averaged 1.8 blocks per game over his career, and should also help out on the glass, an area where the Cavaliers have struggled mightily since losing Kevin Love (knee) to injury. Assuming Sanders passes his physical Monday, the Cavaliers will waive Bogut to clear a roster spot for him. Once he gets settled with his new team, Sanders could take on a 10-to-20-minute role off the bench behind starting center Tristan Thompson.
Sanders is reportedly nearing a deal with the Cavaliers, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.com reports.
Sanders was apparently the Cavaliers back up plan if they were unable to sign Andrew Bogut. Thus, following Bogut's season ending injury, it makes sense that they would again look in Sanders direction. The big man has been out of the the league since 2014 due to a string of drug-related violations. However, he is still only 28 years old, and offers an intriguing rim-protecting option off the bench. It remains to be seen what he will have to offer given his time away from the court, but it appears Cleveland will be his likely return destination.
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