Suspended big man likely to become a free agent…
The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly begun talks over a contract buy-out with center Larry Sanders, according to league sources.
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Sanders has served a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug program but he has not returned to the team since it was completed.
It is understood that he isn’t expected to play for the franchise again after being listed as out for “personal reasons” for the last three games, and so the organisation is keen to begin contract buy-out talks, ESPN reports.
The 26-year-old has told the media previously that he wants to continue his NBA career despite his personal struggles that have resulted in two suspensions in less than a year, but he may well be looking for a new team when the time comes to return to the court.
Sanders has played in just 50 games for Milwaukee since landing a four-year deal worth $44m back in the summer of 2013, and although he showed a glimpse of his talent and ability to be consistent to start the season, he has since let the franchise down for his actions off the court.
Given that the Bucks have gone 12-7 without him while signing veteran big man Kenyon Martin to lend them a helping hand to cover the loss, it is clear that Milwaukee (30-23) don’t particularly need Sanders any longer.
Nevertheless, it is a disappointing conclusion to Sanders’ career in Milwaukee, as he has shown that he is capable of being an impact player on the defensive end when in the mood.
His off-the-court struggles and distractions continue to set him back and it will now potentially be difficult for him to convince any other team around the league that he is ready to commit to them for the long-term future and steer clear of further controversy.