The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised the NBA world by releasing center Larry Sanders on the final day of the regular season. While Sanders had not played a big role on the team for the month he was on its roster, most figured that he figured into the Cavaliers’ long-term plans.
Nearly two years removed from playing in an NBA game, Sanders didn’t last too long on the Cavaliers.
General manager David Griffin explained why following the team’s decision to release the former Milwaukee Bucks standout.
“He didn’t have any kind of a setback relative to any of the demons he had or any of those things,” Griffin said, via The Atlantic. “He’s an NBA player. He’s kind of flaky. So sometimes you’re late. You’re this. You’re that. None of those things were incidents. But I have to take you in totality as a player and if I know you’re not going to play, then what I’m going to get is everything else.”
According to the Cavaliers, Sanders didn’t show any signs of the depression and anxiety that forced him to step away from the game 2015. Instead, as Griffin indicated, it was about his inability to make an impact on the court and the totality of the situation.
It will surely be interesting to see if Sanders gets another opportunity in the NBA. After all, his Cavaliers career spanned a grand total of 13 minutes in five games. That’s definitely not a large enough sample size for other teams to use when determining whether he can make an impact moving forward.