It's official, theCavs have waived Andrew Bogut and have signed Larry Sanderswhich is a huge and unexpected adjustment to their roster when it comes to the addition of Sanders.
Why? That's a really good question. So let's look at this from a big picture point of view.
Sanders hasn't played on an NBA team for a long time. There's no recent game day film on his game of play for the Cavs organization to know just what kind of on court player they're getting and that's a risky move. Of course they're hoping it's a risk that plays in their favor because Sanders use to be one of the top players in the league at his position. That means he could be a good surprise and show up against other teams in a big way for the Cavs, which could be an unexpected good.
In a sense other teams just won't be able to prepare for Sanders. No one truly knows what he's been doing in his off time. He obviously enjoys playing the game of basketball. However, his sudden departure and now re-entry into the league is just a bit of a shock.
With that said, I hope his return holds true toward a very positive light. The reasons he left aren't easy reasons to deal with. So, I hope his time gone was well spent and we get to see a great player in Larry Sanders.
What to Expect
Lebron James has been playing a lot of minutes this season, leading the league in minutes played, and unless you want to see him on the sideline cramping and unable to play you should expect his minutes to go down a bit.
I don't think the Cavs are worried about falling to the number 2 seed in the East. I think they know, either way they have one of the best chances if not the best chance to get to the Finals. So, to me that means you can expect to see James minutes go down in the month of March and through the regular season.
I think the Cavs are going to try to get Sanders comfortable with what's left in the regular season and he'll probably play high minutes in order for James to get some rest.
I think this may be one of the worst post seasons for James. In comparison to when he played with the Miami Heat and to when he first arrived back to Cleveland, there's been an overwhelming amount of disruption. So much disruption in fact that I believe it will end badly for the Cavs.
I think most of the players on the Cavs feel like chopped liver because of the comments James made earlier this season in January. I think the chemistry of the team is disrupted, at least the little they did have. Most importantly, I don't see them having the roster needed to play against a fully loaded roster in the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors will get Durant back and the chemistry will be practically instant. They'll go back to being a super team while on the other end the Cavs will have a stacked roster that doesn't translate into winning.
I don't have an actual feeling about the Larry Sanders addition. I honestly hope he plays well, but I just don't have any reason to doubt my doubts about James being able to pull the Cavs through. He always wants help instead of being the help he needs.
At this point in the season, I think the Cavs organization just has too many problems to overcome...