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    Cleveland Cavaliers, Larry Sanders reach contract agreement

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have vetted center Larry Sanders and reached an agreement to sign the center.

    He will fill the 15th spot on the Cavaliers' roster that opened when Andrew Bogut broke his left leg.

    Sanders and his agent, Joel Bell, were in Cleveland on Monday as Sanders took a physical. After his examination, the Cavaliers waived Bogut.

    Sanders is attempting a comeback after two years away from the NBA, and scouts who have watched him work out recently say his timing is off a little and his muscle mass is down from where it used to be. But they report that he is still an athletic player whose talent is tempting, even considering his history of off-the-court issues.

    The 28-year-old has violated the NBA's drug policy four times with positive marijuana tests. He also walked away from the game and later checked himself into a hospital for anxiety and depression.

    During his five-year tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, who drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft, Sanders was one of the most prolific shot-blockers in the league. He has averaged 1.8 blocks per game in his career and was second in the league in blocks per game in 2012-13.