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Larry Sanders | Center/Forward

Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 230
College: Virginia Commonwealth
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Larry Sanders will likely miss more games beyond his 10-game suspension.
He's violated the NBA's drug policy at least four times and has been suspended twice for it. There is talk of him not wanting to play anymore. The Bucks are not discussing a buy-out of Sanders, but it's certainly something that could happen. He can be ignored in most in fantasy leagues. Jan 21 - 2:29 PM

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Larry Sanders reportedly plans to use his 10-game suspension for violating the leagues' anti-drug policy to deal with his core personal issues and learn to live without marijuana use.

Sanders' story has turned from frustrating to sad, and we wish him the best in his recovery. His camp maintains that he does want to continue his basketball career, although his future with the Bucks is unclear at this point. It's worth noting that a discussion of a contract buyout has not yet taken place, but that's not to say it's not a definite possibility. Zaza Pachulia, Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson, and Johnny O'Bryant will continue to man the Bucks' frontcourt with Sanders unavailable.

The NBA has suspended Larry Sanders for 10 game due to violating its drug policy.

This is his second suspension due to drugs and his career has spiraled downward in the past two seasons. There were rumors of Sanders telling the Bucks he didn't want to play basketball anymore and this news certainly solidifies that talk. There's a decent chance we won't see him on the court this year or in a Bucks uniform again.
Jan 16 - 3:34 PM

Larry Sanders (personal) won't play on Thursday vs. the Knicks in London, and he didn't even travel with the team.

He remains without a timetable to return and the Bucks are going to give him all the time he needs to sort things out. Aside from deeper leagues, owners can feel free to move on until we get a positive report, while Zaza Pachulia and John Henson will continue to see an uptick in minutes for the Bucks.
Jan 14 - 10:02 AM

The Bucks are giving Larry Sanders the time he needs to get things right, and he remains without an official return date.

Sanders is dealing with some demons of his own, and there's really no telling when he'll be back on the court. We wish him the best, but while he's sidelined it will be Zaza Pachulia, John Henson, Johnny O'Bryant, and newly signed Kenyon Martin all doing their part to help fill the void. Sanders can be cut in most leagues.
Jan 8 - 5:10 PM

Larry Sanders said it's "not true" that he doesn't want to play basketball any longer, but he's still "working through the root of a lot of [personal] issues."

"I’m definitely making progress," he said. "I’m trying to get to the root of a lot of issues and get them corrected going forward. Without these things being corrected, I don’t think basketball would be something I could even do." We wish Sanders all the best as he deals with whatever issues are plaguing him. He's missed the Bucks' past six games and it's unclear when he might return, though he was at least back with the team on Tuesday, wearing a suit on the bench.
Jan 6 - 10:59 PM

Larry Sanders (personal) will not play Tuesday vs. the Suns, but he is on the Bucks' bench wearing a suit.

There was an earlier report stating that Sanders could play today, but that will not be the case. Look for Zaza Pachulia, John Henson, and Johnny O'Bryant to continue to see extended minutes for the Bucks, with Pachulia offering the most upside. It sounds as though he could return as soon as Wednesday or Friday, but nobody should be relying on him for production this week.

Larry Sanders was not present during the Bucks' Tuesday morning shootaround.

There was an earlier report that Sanders could play today, but him missing shootaround isn't a great sign. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but he's been pretty garbage for much of the season, so he's not a great play in daily leagues if he does decide to suit up. Stay tuned.
Jan 6 - 2:22 PM

Despite a recent report that Larry Sanders may have told the Bucks he no longer wants to play basketball, there is a chance he returns from his personal leave on Tuesday night against the Suns.

We should have a more clear picture of Larry's status for tonight later this afternoon, but it sounds like he is very close to a return. He's' been pretty ineffective all season, so we're not expecting any miracles, but it would be nice to see him back on the court.
Jan 6 - 12:36 PM

Updating a previous report, Bucks coach Jason Kidd said on Monday that he expects Larry Sanders to rejoin the team within a few days, possibly as soon as Tuesday.

Beat writer Gery Woelfel reported earlier today that Sanders told the Bucks he didn't want to play basketball any longer, and this situation remains murky at best. Sanders is 26 years old and he'd likely forfeit a guaranteed $33 million over the next three seasons if he refused to play, which is powerful incentive to get back in uniform. Owners who picked up Zaza Pachulia or John Henson will have to wait and see what happens in the coming weeks.
Jan 5 - 7:58 PM

Larry Sanders told the Bucks he doesn't want to play basketball anymore, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

Wow. Sanders has been a perpetual nightmare since signing his four-year, $44 million deal two summers ago. He hasn't played in the last six games for personal reasons and missed a game last week from what the Bucks said was the flu, but the report today says it was due to his personal issues. The Bucks will move forward with Zaza Pachulia and John Henson as their centers, assuming this report is true.
Jan 5 - 3:41 PM

Larry Sanders (personal) and Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

Sanders is still away from the team and head coach Jason Kidd won't provide any further details on his status. Sanders has been a huge disappointment this season and owners in standard leagues should move on if they haven't already. Zaza Pachulia and John Henson have played terrific for the Bucks lately and both players are worth looking at in most leagues for the time being.
Jan 4 - 1:16 PM

Jason Kidd said that Larry Sanders is out due to "personal reasons" and there is currently no timetable for his return.

Sanders is having another disappointing season, and this news will probably cause a lot of owners to send him to the waiver wire. Kidd said that Sanders is not taking part in any team activities, and this really feels like a repeat of last year. With Sanders out indefinitely, Zaza Pachulia and John Henson will see extended minutes, and both are worth consideration in standard leagues.
Jan 2 - 7:02 PM

Larry Sanders (illness) is out for Friday's game against the Pacers.

Friday will mark Sanders fifth consecutive game out of the lineup, and head coach Jason Kidd said that when he is ready to return, he won't be starting. Sanders has been extremely disappointing this season with averages of 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game over 21.7 minutes of action. If you're tired of dealing with him in standard leagues, we wouldn't blame you if you made the cut.
Jan 2 - 9:20 AM

Larry Sanders (illness) is out Wednesday and coach Jason Kidd said that he'll have to "work himself back into the lineup" once he's healthy.

Kidd cited the solid play of Zaza Pachulia and John Henson as reasons why Sanders won't immediately step back into the starting lineup, and this is one more reason to be skeptical of Sanders' near-term outlook. He's struggled to stay on the court, and even when healthy he's playing only 21.7 minutes per game.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 05:56:00 PM

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PF1Ersan Ilyasova
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C1Larry Sanders
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