Larry Sanders has been recalled from the Canton Charge by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Thursday. Sanders played one game with the Charge and blocked three shots in 12 minutes in Canton’s game against the Windy City Bulls last Saturday. He also picked up five fouls.
Sanders was signed by the Cavs on March 13 after two-plus years away from the NBA. To date, he has appeared in one game with the Cavs. He will be available to play Friday when the Cavaliers play the Charlotte Hornets.
Cavs GM David Griffin said that Sanders would spent about 10 days in the D-League before coming back to the Cavs. It’s unclear why type of role Sanders will play with the Cavs, but it’s possible that he’ll get a chance immediately. Currently, Cleveland is 22nd in defensive rating and 29th since the All-Star break. On Wednesday against the Nuggets, the Cavs gave up 126 points and Denver hit 100 points in the third quarter.
In short: the team needs some defensive help and Sanders could get a shot.
“[My] defensive timing [is] off a little bit,” Sanders said after his game with Canton. “But it’ll come, it’ll come.”