Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Tavares, Sanders

The Cavaliers are officially expected to bring the Larry Sanders experiment to an end..

A look at the latest happenings involving the Cavaliers and all around the world of pro hoops:

Per Yahoo Sports: “The Cavaliers are planning to waive Larry Sanders and sign center Edy Tavares from NBA Development League, league sources told The Vertical.”

Per Yahoo Sports: “Sanders had no issues in his stay with the Cavaliers and the sides mutually worked out his release as the team had no plans to place him in the playing rotation, league sources told The Vertical.”

Per Yahoo Sports: “Tavares, a 7-foot-3 center, plans to sign a three-year contract with the Cavaliers on Wednesday, league sources said.” (Full report.)

Per The Vertical: “Cleveland was eligible to waive Sanders because his contract was not expiring. Sanders’ 2017-18 salary was non-guaranteed.”

Per “The Cavaliers are likely going to sign veteran guard Dahntay Jones on the final day of the regular season for the second year in a row.”

Per “Jones has been working out in Cleveland lately, according to a source. But he hasn’t played in a real basketball game since last year.”

Per “When asked how exactly Jones fits, the source said ‘veteran, toughness.'” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “Once the signings are complete, the Cavs will have had 22 different players on their roster this season.” (Full report.)

Per Yahoo Sports: “Dallas has claimed Cavs free agent DeAndre Liggins off waivers, league sources tell The Vertical. Liggins’ deal is non-guaranteed for 2017-18.”

Per Hoops Rumors: “By claiming Liggins, the Mavericks will save the Cavs $2.5MM in luxury tax, Bobby Marks of The Vertical tweets. That means, as we relayed at the time of Liggins’ release, the 28 other teams that are below the luxury tax will receive roughly $44K less in tax distribution.” (Full report.)

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “LeBron James will sit out the Cavaliers’ regular-season finale Wednesday, resting a strained right calf in preparation for the playoffs.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Cavs are also without center Tristan Thompson, who has a sprained right thumb.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “I think we’re just ready,” Kyle Korver said following the Cavs’ 124-121 overtime loss to the Miami Heat on Monday. “We just want it to come. … I think everyone’s just ready for the regular season to be done and I think we’ve shown when we’re focused that we can be a really good team, and when we’re not we’re not a very good team. But I think we’re just ready for Wednesday to come and go and get ready for the weekend.”

Per ESPN: “Is it tempting to write off the Cavs? Sure. Their bloated $128 million payroll, the biggest in NBA history, rarely seems fully motivated.”

Per ESPN: “There is doubt, even within the Cavs’ locker room, about the product we’ve seen thus far.” (Full report.)

Per The Associated Press: “James, who has been committed to helping kids in his hometown through a variety of educational programs, is teaming up with Akron public schools to open the ‘I Promise School’ dedicated to aiding at-risk children who might otherwise be left behind.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “The Milwaukee Bucks say in their game notes that Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova, Khris Middleton, and Tony Snell are all not with the team and expected to rest during Wednesday’s regular-season finale against the Boston Celtics. Boston secures the top spot in the East with a win or a Cleveland loss.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked about the possibility of Ben Simmons playing in the summer league.”

Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I think it would be good if he did,” Brown said. “But I wouldn’t say it is a prerequisite. Still, his health and the judgment of his health rules the day. I don’t know what that looks like when we are talking about the summer league.” (Full report.)

Per “The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that the team has signed forward Alex Poythress for the remainder of the season, pursuant to an extension of the NBA’s roster hardship exception.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “Gonzaga freshman Zach Collins is signing with agent and declaring for draft, source told ESPN.”

Per Real GM: “As we head to the offseason, the Suns will have another very high draft pick. With Devin Booker locked in at shooting guard, Marquese Chriss holding down power forward, and T.J. Warren at least passable at small forward, Phoenix could look to shore up the point guard spot.”

Per Real GM: “While Eric Bledsoe had a terrific year and stayed healthy all season before being shut down late, there are questions about his fit long term in Phoenix.”

Per Real GM: “If the Suns are in position to draft either Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball, they would instantly be the future at point guard and Bledsoe could be shopped on the trade market to bring in more assets to be used down the line.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “Kerem Kanter told ESPN he has committed to Xavier. Green Bay transfer gives Musketeers big man who can play immediately. 11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg.”

Per Hoops Rumors: “The Hawks announced today in a press release that front office executive Malik Rose has been promoted and will serve as the general manager of Atlanta’s new D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. The BayHawks had been Orlando’s NBADL affiliate this past season, but the Hawks will assume control of the Erie club when the Magic introduce a new Lakeland affiliate in 2017-18.”

Former NBA swignman Damien Wilkins has agreed to a contract with Puerto Rican club Guayama, per Amico Hoops. Wilkins, 37, most recently spent time with the Greensboro Swarm of the D-League.

Former NBA and D-League power forward Daniel Orton has agreed to a deal with Champville of Greece, per Amico Hoops.

Former Ohio State center Amir Williams has signed with the Taylor Hawks of New Zealand, per Amico Hoops.

The Pelicans have agreed to a two-year contract with former Canton Charge point guard Quinn Cook, per multiple reports.

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