Sanders has repeatedly violated league’s anti-drug policy…
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has reportedly reached an agreement on a contract buy-out with the franchise and has no immediate plans to return to the NBA.
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It is reported that Sanders may well spend time away from basketball in the coming months in order to sort out his personal issues after repeatedly violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.
While the 26-year-old has proven to be a dominant defensive player when in the mood as well as being an offensive threat, he hasn’t shown it consistently enough while also failing to avoid off-court distractions.
The arrival of Jason Kidd as Bucks coach seemingly refreshed his desire to make the most of his opportunity in the league, but it didn’t last long as he continued to fall foul of league policies and was duly suspended.
Sanders faced a five-game ban for the final five games of the 2013/14 season for testing positive for marijuana. His next positive test, which came earlier this season, immediately called for a 10-game suspension without pay.
According to Yahoo Sports, Sanders will leave with approximately half of the $44m extension that he signed in 2014, and while that is a blow for the franchise, they will arguably benefit both financially and as a team by the decision in the long run.
The Bucks currently sit in sixth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 31-23 record, and having now won nine of their last 10 games, they will be confident of coping without Sanders moving forward.
Kidd will be relishing the prospect of working with new recruits Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis after they all arrived ahead of the trade deadline, and the franchise is certainly building a youthful roster full of talent.