The Cavaliers will work out free agent center Larry Sanders on Wednesday, and the sides will start talking contract if the Cavs like what they see, league sources told Amico Hoops early Wednesday.
Sanders, 28, is 6-foot-11 and last played with Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season.
He was scheduled to work out in front of Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and assistant Larry Drew following an interview/meeting and a physical.
Sources say Sanders looks better physically than he did 6-8 weeks ago. He has been on a "protein binge" to add some weight and strength.
Sources said there is no deal yet between the Cavs and Sanders, but Sanders has made it known he would prefer to play for the Cavs over the other teams showing interest. More than 15 teams have explored signing Sanders so far this season, sources said.
The Cavs want to take a good look at Sanders and will have him conduct a solo workout Wednesday at their practice facility.
Pictures of Sanders arriving in Cleveland were posted to social media Tuesday. He recently held a workout for teams in Miami, although it is not known if the Cavs were in attendance.
Sanders averaged 7.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in nearly five seasons, all with the Bucks. He suddenly and surprisingly walked away from the game, offering no concrete reason.
However, he made his intentions to return to the NBA clear over the summer.
Bell told a Wisconsin-based reporter last week that Sanders has an offer and will likely sign with a playoff contender soon, but did not provide specifics.