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The agent of Milwaukee Bucks star Larry Sanders has insisted that a report his client wants to quit basketball are completely untrue.
A report surfaced on Monday suggesting that Sanders had told a member of the coaching staff that he didn’t want to play basketball anymore. However, it didn’t take long for both his agent and the player himself to dismiss the story and insist that there was no truth behind it.
Agent Happy Walters said: “I saw that tweet. It is not accurate at all. Rumor unsubstantiated.”
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders also reported that Sanders had been out with the flu and has been dealing with some personal issues, but he is planning on re-joining the team in the next couple of days.
However, he added that Sanders was shocked to learn of the idea that he told anyone he didn’t want to play any more and so there was ultimately no truth behind the report.
Given that Sanders currently has a three-year contract worth $33m with the Bucks, it was always highly unlikely that he was ready to walk away from the sport.
While it is unclear at this stage what personal issues he is suffering with, he will need to re-focus his mind on the court when he recovers from flu and show he can play a pivotal role on the team moving forward.
Sanders has shown flashes this season that he is capable of being a quality rim protector, but coach Jason Kidd will hope to get more out of him in the coming months as the Bucks continue to push for a playoff finish in the Eastern Conference.
They are currently 18-17 for the season and sit in sixth place in the East, while they trail the Cleveland Cavaliers by just one game for fifth spot.