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Report: Larry Sanders will mostly play with Cavaliers’ minor-league team

Larry Sanders

Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders reacts after fouling Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 106-102. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)


The Cavaliers are making a big splash by signing Larry Sanders, who the last time he played regularly, looked like a rising force in the league.

But he also hasn’t played since 2014 and has dealt with myriad issues.

So, temper your expectations.

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The interior-minded Sanders is a stylistic complement to the undersized Tristan Thompson and stretch Channing Frye at center. If Sanders gets conditioned and focused, he could help.

But like all players in the league formerly known as the D-League, Sanders is there for a reason. He’s not ready for the NBA, and there’s only a month before the playoffs. That’s a quick turnaround.

Fortunately for the Cavs, they have LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. That buys a lot of margin for error if Thompson or Frye have to handle difficult matchups.