Larry Sanders missed team bus before Cavs cut him

Ross Houston
April 25, 2017

"It's just going to be a bigger challenge for us this year". Citing multiple sources, ESPN's Brian Windhorst has reported that the Cavaliers are planning to waive Sanders before the final game of the regular season and they will sign NBA Development League (D-League) center Edy Tavares.

The towering 7-foot-3, Tavares, a 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, spent most of his season playing for the Raptors 905, where he averaged 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and a league- best 2.7 blocks in 23.7 minutes over 48 contests and was a 2017 D- League All- Star selection. The difference is we've got some new pieces that we've been trying to integrate all year on and off.

Cleveland also is re-signing swingman Dahntay Jones, who came off the bench in the 2016 postseason and helped the Cavs win the title.

"He brings some toughness and a physicality and a little nasty, which we need at times", Coach Tyronn Lue said. "It's great to have him back".

Today after the Pacers practiced at the Fieldhouse, they hopped on a plane and head to Cleveland for game one of round one with the Cavaliers.

The Bulls are +6600 longshots to advance to the NBA Finals along with the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers (42-40), and it would be a bit surprising if either team won more than a couple games between them in their respective first-round series.

"He was good", Lue said. Over the last six games PG has averaged 33 points per contest including 43 in the Pacers last meeting with Cleveland. It's the last day of the regular season and only one of these teams has something to play for - and they don't seem to care about that something. When Sanders was acquired, Cavs General Manager David Griffin said he realized Sanders was a long-term project. "He worked incredibly hard". He thinks they "have a good chance to win it all", although he understands that they should take it step-by-step and execute their game plan.

"(Tavares) has been doing more", he added.

The Cavs did get forward Tristan Thompson back after he missed four games with a sprained right thumb. He scored nine points and grabbed two rebounds in the 98-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors, the Cavs' likely foe in the second round of the playoffs.

LeBron James will sit out when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the visiting Toronto Raptors in their regular-season finale on Wednesday. The Raptors have higher expectations this spring, and Lowry is eager to get started. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.

The Toronto Raptors are locked into the third seed in the Eastern Conference standings.

Cleveland's schedule - the Cavs played 12 road games in March - made it hard to practice and James said it was "refreshing" to be on the floor with his teammates. With Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and basically the same supporting cast as past year, they could turn it on and have a chance against whichever team survives the brutal Western Conference playoff.

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