Earlier this morning we covered the 3 things the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for at the NBA Trade Deadline. They were Shooting, Athleticism and Rim Protection. We start to look at possible targets for the Cavs now with a look at a big time player that could be available at the deadline: Larry Sanders.
Sanders is a young athletic rim protector, taking care of two of the needs we presented for the Cavs this deadline. Sanders stands 6’11” and svelte 235 lbs. He was out much of the early season after hurting his hand in a bar fight. He is now out 6 weeks due to a orbital bone injury. Sanders will be available at the end of the season. Sanders maturity and lack of offensive development are what has made him available from the rebuilding Bucks. The Bucks signed Sanders to a 4 year, $44 million contract that kicks in in the upcoming season. Sanders is not a franchise guy like Irving so the Bucks would be smart to move that contract for pennies on the dollar at this point.
For the Cavaliers trading for a player out for 6 weeks in an important stretch of the season is a high concern but also could allow them to buy low on a player that could be the defensive presence for the franchise for years to come. Sanders contract is large but with his size and athletic ability he may actually be underpaid. He could be a great alley oop partner for Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters as well as possibility of developing his offensive game under the tutelage of Big Z. Sanders would provide the Cavs something they sorely lacking in their building plan.
Because of his extension Sanders’ contract is valued just over $3 million so the Cavs would not be sending out much money or could be made to take on more salary with Sanders. Using the ESPN Trade Machine the following trades would work.
Larry Sanders and Kris Middleton for Earl Clark
Larry Sanders and Gary Neal for Jarrett Jack
Larry Sanders and OJ Mayo for Jarrett Jack, Alonzo Gee and CJ Miles
Obviously all of these trades could need draft pick assets added to them. The Bucks would most likely seek at least 1 if not 2 first round picks from the Cavs, except in the Mayo trade where the Cavs take on two huge contracts, and possible mistakes, by the Bucks.
What do you think of Sanders? What do you see his value as for the Cavs? Do you think the Bucks should look to trade him? Is his contract too high? Does his injury concern you? Tell us your thoughts on a Cavs/Bucks trade for Sanders.