Cavaliers hold extended contract talks with C Larry Sanders

The Cleveland Cavaliers have vetted center Larry Sanders and held extended contract negotiations concerning a possible second, nonguaranteed season, sources said Sunday.

The Cavs could add a player as early as Monday, when they have hinted they will choose a big man to try to fill the 15th roster spot left when Andrew Bogut suffered a broken leg.

Does Wade still think like the Bulls are engaged enough to push for a playoff berth? They are currently 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

“You’d have to ask each individual that question,” Wade said. “I can’t answer it for everybody. I’m here. I’ll show up the next game and try to do what I can.”

Wade did say it’s unlikely he’ll try to motivate his teammates by calling them out again. He was fined and benched for the start of a Jan. 27 loss to the Miami Heat after he and Butler ripped teammates following a loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 25.

“I realized what my place was in this organization,” Wade said. “When I spoke out and said what I needed to say, it wasn’t taken highly [by the front office], so my job is to play. I have to be better on the basketball floor and I have to figure out a way to do that. Right now, just running pick-and-rolls all game, that ain’t it because [teams] are just watching us, unless somebody’s going to shoot step-back 3s all night.”

For his part, Hoiberg brushed off the notion that players are quitting on the season. Hoiberg blamed Sunday’s performance, in part, on the way the Bulls started: 1-of-17 from the field. Wade said he hoped to sit down with Hoiberg and Butler and try to find a way to right the Bulls’ sinking ship.