Sanders played sparingly in five games over the last month after returning to the NBA following a two-year-plus absence. It was a surprising move as the Cavs signed Sanders to a two-year, non-guaranteed deal in March with the goal of preparing him for next season. He had spent most of his time with the Cavs' D-League team.
In his place, the Cavs signed guard Dahntay Jones and 7-foot-3 center Edy Tavares.
Tavares blocked 11 shots in two playoff games against the Cavs' D-League team over the weekend. He has spent the entire season playing for the Toronto Raptors' D-League team after being waived by the Atlanta Hawks last fall.
It is the second consecutive year the Cavs have signed free agent Jones on the final day of the season.
In a related move, the Dallas Mavericks claimed DeAndre Liggins off waivers from the Cavs on Tuesday. The transaction will save the Cavs more than $2 million in luxury taxes as the Mavericks will be assigned Liggins' full season salary for tax purposes on their books.
Once the signings are complete, the Cavs will have had 22 different players on their roster this season.