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As expected, the Cavaliers have assigned Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge of the D-League.
General manager David Griffin made the announcement official Wednesday via a team release.
The Cavs and Sanders want Sanders to spend time with the Charge to help him get into game shape and work on his timing. After all, when you’re a 6-foot-11 shotblocking machine, timing is everything.
“We’re not in a situation where we need him to save us, so we get to get what we can from Larry,” Griffin told reporters Tuesday. “This is really about a long-term play, it’s about having somebody that potentially has great upside and somebody we’re excited about. Not somebody that we need to count on today, so it’s good.”
Sanders was signed as a free agent March 13.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he appreciated how Sanders actually wanted to play with the Charge for a while.
“When you get a guy like that who’s a veteran, been around this league, and he wants to go to the D-League to try and find his rhythm and get his game back, that’s big for us,” Lue said. “He said he wants to get in better shape and just touch the ball, just play. That’s good for us. When he feels like he’s right and we feel like he’s ready, we’ll make that jump.”
Added Sanders of joining the Cavs: “I’m ecstatic. Playing with these guys, it’s a great group of guys, a great organization. I’ll give my all out there and hopefully contribute to a winner.”
Sanders made his Cavs debut in Wednesday’s win over Detroit, playing two minutes and missing his lone field-goal attempt.