Larry Sanders can start writing his basketball redemption song.
The former Milwaukee Bucks center has agreed to join the Cleveland Cavaliers and return to the NBA after two-plus years out of the league, The Vertical’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Monday, both citing league sources.
Sanders’ contract will cover the rest of this season and could include a team option for next season.
Sanders averaged 6.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks over 233 games with the Bucks.
Cleveland looked to sign Sanders, 28, after Andrew Bogut suffered a broken leg last week just two minutes into his debut with the team. Sanders could bolster Cleveland’s rebounding and defensive efforts if he quickly returns to game shape. But Sanders has been out of the NBA since January 2015, when the Bucks bought out his contract and he walked away from basketball amid mental health and substance abuse problems.
Sanders announced in February 2016 he’d consider returning to the NBA once he satisfied his passions for art and music. A year-plus later, he seems to have done just that, and the defending NBA champions could be better off because of it.
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