The Vertical's Shams Charania has reported that the Cavaliers are in serious talks with former Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders and the team could sign him as soon as Monday when they return from their three-game road trip. He announced in January that he was "stepping back into the game" adding "I really missed the game".
Bogut suffered a broken bone in his right leg, and although surgery was not required to fix the damage, he will not be able to play for the remainder of the season or in the NBA Playoffs, which get underway next month.
Sanders enjoyed the heights of his short-lived playing career in the 2012-13 season where he averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game as the team's rim protector.
Sanders, 28, is 6-foot-11 and last played with Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season.
Cleveland will sign Sanders for the remainder of the season.
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Andrew Bogut will be released to sign Sanders. Sanders had failed several drug tests while in the National Basketball Association, and after retiring, checked himself into a mental-health hospital for anxiety and depression, according to ESPN.
Before he left, he was one of the League's best shot-blockers, averaging 1.8 blocks per game throughout his career. Kevin Love is still recovering from knee surgery. Sanders was twice suspended for marijuana use in 2013-14.
If Sanders proves himself in the D-League and is able to contribute even just somewhere around 8-10 minutes a night in the postseason, it could prove quite worthwhile for a Cavs team that's now 23rd in opponent's second chance points, and 15th in opponent's points in the paint.
"It looks like he wants another opportunity and hopefully if we're the team, hopefully we give him an opportunity", James said.
In an interview with The Players' Tribune, he revealed that he was battling depression and anxiety at that time and sought help from doctors at Rogers Memorial Hospital.