Rumor Roundup: Sanders, Cavs, Aldridge

The next stop for ormer Bucks big man Larry Sanders could be the Cavaliers.

An opposing general manager told Amico Hoops on Saturday he was informed by Larry Sanders’ camp that Sanders intends to sign with the Cavaliers early next week.

This after Amico Hoops broke the news Friday that the Cavs and Sanders are nearing agreement on a contract. (Full report.)

Here is more on the Cavs, as well our daily look at all the latest from around pro hoops:

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue on Sanders, to reporters: “I know (David Griffin has) been talking with him and his agent, and um, there’s been some talks, not sure how serious they are but I know we liked him with our workout — or Griff liked him.”

Cavs forward LeBron James on Sanders, to reporters: “It looks like he wants another opportunity and hopefully if we’re the team, hopefully we give him an opportunity. Why not? Everyone deserves a second chance and it looks like he wants to get back to playing the game he loves and hopefully this is his destination. You don’t know how much you can get out of a guy that’s been out so long, but I’d love to see it. Why not?”

More LeBron on Sanders, to reporters: “I could talk about when he played. An athletic big guy, incredible shot-blocking skills, anticipation around the rim, can finish around the rim and block shots and being able to guard perimeter guys as well. With his hiatus, I don’t know what he was going through, so I can’t comment about somebody’s personal life because I wasn’t a part of it.”

Per Cleveland.com: “If the Cavs were to get something done with Sanders, who is 28 and hasn’t played in the NBA since February, 2015, it wouldn’t be until Monday at the earliest.”

Per Amico Hoops: “Sanders looked good physically, sources said, as he kicked off 2017 with a ‘protein binge’ to add some weight and strength.”

Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavs passed on Sanders only because they learned Andrew Bogut was about to become available shortly after the Feb. 22 trading deadline.”

Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavs preferred Bogut’s recent experience as a starting center for a Golden State team that had reached each of the previous two NBA Finals.”

Per Cleveland.com: “Cavs guard Kyle Korver under went an MRI and other tests on his sore right foot this week which showed inflammation of a tendon that Korver said may keep him out a week or so.”

Per Cleveland.com: “Korver, who has been ruled out against the Magic, told cleveland.com he’s had the same injury once or twice throughout his career, and it takes about that long — a week — for it to calm down. He said the MRI was done to make sure there was no deeper issue, such as a fracture.”

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge is out indefinitely with a minor heart arrhythmia, per the team.

Per the Spurs: “All parties have concluded that at the current time it is best for Aldridge to refrain from play until further tests and examinations are completed.”

Per USA Today: “Aldridge has a heart history that has been well-chronicled, as he was diagnosed in 2007 with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome while playing with the Trail Blazers. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with the rare condition have ‘”an extra electrical pathway between your heart’s upper and lower chambers (that) causes a rapid heartbeat.'”

Per the Spurs: “Kawhi Leonard, who was hit in the head in the Spurs-Thunder game, will not play in Saturday night’s Spurs-Warriors contest. The team will provide updates on his return to the court as appropriate.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “76ers center Joel Embiid is talking to doctors here about the torn meniscus his left knee while the team is in town to face Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “We are trying to study his path and go about it meticulously,” coach Brett Brown said, “and really sort of help create an environment while he is with us where he’s a part of the team.”

The Lakers have signed guard David Nwaba to a second 10-day contract, per the team.

The Warriors have recalled rookie center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors, per the team.

Celtics first-round draft pick Guerschon Yabusele (2016) could soon be joining the Maine Red Claws, per the Boston Globe.

Per the Denver Post: “The Nuggets are 4-4 since the all-star break, an uneven mark rooted in an inability to string together passable performances on defense.”

Per the Denver Post: “Michael Malone pointed to one culprit most responsible for the ease with which opponents have put the ball in the basket: turnovers. The Nuggets have given up 20.4 points per game off turnovers since the break, the third-worst mark in the NBA.”

Per Hoops Rumors: “Independent Sports & Entertainment, an agency that represents a number of NBA players, has terminated the contract of veteran NBA agent Dan Fegan, according to a press release.”

Per ESPN Stats & Info: “Golden State is now 2-4 since losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury, including Friday’s 103-102 loss to Minnesota.”

Per ESPN Stats & Info: “The Cavaliers have been outscored 64-19 over the last 2 games in the 18 minutes in which LeBron James has been on the bench.”

Amico Cavs Podcast: Who will replace Bogut?

Friday’s Highlights

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Five days after saying he was still trying to win NBA games, 76ers coach Brett Brown was stressing that the goal now is to develop players.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “While they won’t come out and say it, the Sixers are focused once again on securing a top lottery draft pick. That became more obvious after the recent roster moves.”

Per CSN Philly: “Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor said he has’t considered sitting out remainder of season because of a troublesome knee: ‘We just rest and do treatment when we think it’s necessary.’”

Per Hoops Rumors: “Commissioner Adam Silver told Brian Seltzer of NBA.com that he is excited about the Sixers’ progress this season. ‘It’s fun coming to games here. Just as I was walking through the tunnel pre-game, I ran into Allen Iverson and Julius Erving. [It’s] nice to see that they’re back, they’re believers, and I am, too,’ Silver said.”

Per ESPN: “The Pelicans have generated plenty of open looks with both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis occupying so much defensive attention, but they entered Monday’s game shooting 21 percent on “open” 3-point looks, by far the worst in the NBA since the All-Star break, and 30.1 percent from 3 overall, good for second-worst.”

Per ESPN: “But the lack of success with perhaps the two best big men in the league paired in the same frontcourt has been jarring, even with most expecting a period of adjustment and acknowledging that the backcourt is a patchwork being built on the fly.”

Per Amico Hoops: “All of this is a long way of saying things haven’t exactly gone as planned in New Orleans, but Cousins’ cynics would say that none of this comes as a surprise.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “It’s far too early to judge anything definitively, but for a team whose intention of adding Cousins at the deadline was to make a playoff push, it’s certainly backfired up to this point.” (Full report.)

Per the New York Post: “Considering the many cases of just one or two draft slots being the difference between a franchise-altering player and a bust, Knicks president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Millshave a dilemma on whether to order Jeff Hornacek to rest Carmelo Anthony more and play certain inexperienced lineups across March and April. And that tank strategy still could backfire.”

Per the New York Post: “Compounding the tanking issue is that the Knicks technically are still in the playoff chase, though last Friday’s loss in Philadelphia turned the Knicks into the greatest of long shots.”

Former D-League guard Ramone Moore has agreed to a contract with Lithuanian club Lietkabelis, per Amico Hoops.

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