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Larry Sanders | Center/Forward

Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 235
College: Virginia Commonwealth
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Jason Kidd believes that Larry Sanders can return to form following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.
"Yeah [I think he can bounce back]," Kidd said. "I think it starts with being healthy. Two, he's here working out. When you look at that and being gone for five months, he's here with his teammates. That's the start." Saunders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension last year after an impressive season in which he established himself as an elite rim protector. However, he followed his breakout season with an injury plagued 2013-14 campaign in which he received a suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program and only made it through 23 contests. Sanders probably made a lot of people's "never-again lists" last season, but if he's able to keep his act together, he could be a decent value pick going into next season. Jul 13 - 2:14 PM

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Larry Sanders said that his surgically-repaired thumb and orbital bone both feel "great" and he's been fully cleared for basketball activities.

"I feel good, I feel rested," said Sanders, who has been practicing with the Bucks in recent days. He added that he's having a "great time" with Jason Kidd and the new coaching staff, and it's nice to finally see him healthy after a dreadful 2013-14 season in which he missed 59 games.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 11 - 11:08 AM

Larry Sanders went through practice with the Bucks' summer league team on Wednesday.

He reportedly looked great while out there with the young guys. It's been a long, long time since there was anything positive associated with Sanders, which has led to tremendous trade speculation. The Bucks signed him to a four-year, $44 million deal last summer, so that isn't exactly going swimmingly to this point. He'll look to rebound from a catastrophic 2013-14.
Jul 9 - 2:57 PM

The Kings have some interest in acquiring Larry Sanders or Brandon Knight for their eighth pick in the 2014 draft, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

Obviously this is just a rumor, but it would be wise for the Bucks to take a page out of the Sixers' book from last year and deal a starter. Jrue Holiday, a better player than Knight or Sanders, was dealt for the sixth pick in the 2013 draft and the 10th pick this year. The Kings do need a guy to protect the rim to take some pressure off DeMarcus Cousins' fouling issue and Sanders' value is awfully low after a horrific 2013-14. Additionally, news came out this week that Larry Sanders punched Mike Dunleavy back in 2012-13, according to the Journal Times.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 2:35 PM

Larry Sanders could be a potential target of the Dallas Mavericks this offseason, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Sanders had a forgettable 2013-14 season that included an off-court incident and a five-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, but is still only 25 years old and one season removed from his breakout year. The Mavericks have been searching for a starting center since Tyson Chandler's departure, so this move makes a lot of sense on the surface and could help get Sanders back on track.
Source: ESPN
May 8 - 10:47 AM

Larry Sanders' five-game suspension will start on Wednesday night and end on the season finale.

This is rare good news for the Bucks and they'll have their center to start the 2014-15 season, assuming he doesn't do anything else in the offseason. It's not quite clear how the Bucks were able to pull this off because Sanders was expected to miss the rest of the season with his eye injury. After a horrific 2013-14, we're not going to be excited about drafting him next year.
Apr 9 - 9:02 PM

Larry Sanders apologized for violating the league's marijuana policy three times, resulting in a five-game suspension, but he also expressed strong support for marijuana legalization.

"It's a banned substance in my league," Sanders said. "But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it ... I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we've been deprived." He's likely to serve his suspension at the beginning of the 2014-15 season, which isn't exactly the fresh start Sanders needed after appearing in just 23 games during a ruinous campaign this year.
Apr 5 - 9:43 AM

Larry Sanders has been suspended by the NBA for five games for violating the league's anti-drug program.

Sanders admitted his violation came for smoking marijuana and apologized. It's been that kind of season for Sanders and one he'll like to forget. He suffered a serious thumb injury in a bar fight, missed an odd amount of time for an illness, broke his orbital bone to end his season, and now this. The Bucks have pulled off the trifecta for horrible offseason moves for players with questionable desire to be successful players with Sanders, O.J. Mayo (ankle) and Ersan Ilyasova (ankle), and it's no surprise they have the worst record in the NBA. Sanders will be suspended for the first five games of next year, assuming something else doesn't happen to him.
Apr 4 - 2:03 PM

Larry Sanders (fractured orbital bone) confirmed that he will not return this season.

Sanders is traveling with the Bucks but he's targeting mid-April to begin light activity. Zaza Pachulia will continue to start at center for the woeful Bucks, with John Henson starting at PF during any games Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) sits out, but neither Pachulia nor Henson have helped owners in standard nine-cat leagues over the past two weeks.
Mar 19 - 11:43 AM

Larry Sanders (fractured orbital bone) is unlikely to do any basketball-related activities during his six-week rehab, putting the rest of his season in danger.

Sanders season has gone from bad to worse and the silver lining here is that fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can cut him without compunction. Zaza Pachulia is a nice pickup as the Bucks' starting center, while John Henson (assuming he can stay healthy) also gets a boost with Sanders no longer clogging up the frontcourt rotation.
Feb 18 - 6:48 PM

Larry Sanders will miss a minimum of six weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured orbital bone on Thursday.

Fantasy owners have no choice but to drop Sanders in all formats, as a return in late March would leave him with around a dozen games at most. Zaza Pachulia is a decent pickup despite his lack of blocks, as he'll continue to start at center, while John Henson's value is also solidified with Sanders out of commission. Sanders has only appeared in 23 games this season, averaging 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, and the only upside is that his disastrous year has accelerated the Bucks' tanking in advance of the highly-regarded 2014 draft.
Feb 14 - 11:17 AM

Larry Sanders (eye) said on Twitter he had surgery on Thursday.

He posted a picture on Twitter of himself in a hospital room and this surgery was presumably to correct his broken orbital bone. Sanders still does not have a timetable to return, but the fact that he needed surgery suggests he might be looking at a multiple-week absence. Zaza Pachulia will continue to start in his place and John Henson should be a big factor as long as his foot injury is not serious.
Feb 13 - 11:39 PM

Larry Sanders suffered a fractured orbital bone during Saturday's game and will be out indefinitely.

He will see a specialist on Tuesday and the team will hopefully update his status. Based on previous injuries, typical fractured orbital bones can sideline players anywhere from 1-6 weeks, so Sanders' outlook is a little unclear at this point. Fantasy owners will have to weigh their options with regard to stashing him. Zaza Pachulia is worth adding in most leagues while Miroslac Raduljica will get more minutes, as well. John Henson should get tons of minutes and should be viewed as a must-start player.

Larry Sanders (left eye) will not play on Monday or Wednesday night.

He has blurred vision from being poked in the eye on Saturday vs. the Rockets. It's very concerning to see Sanders still not being able to be back so soon, which raises the question if he's dealing with a retinal injury or something that may keep him out beyond the All-Star break. Hopefully, the Bucks have a specific update on what's bothering him. Meanwhile, John Henson should get all the minutes he can handle while Miroslav Radulijca and Zaza Pachulia will help out.
Feb 10 - 6:22 PM

Larry Sanders (left eye) is questionable for Monday's game against the Celtics.

He was expected to return after being poked in the eye in the first half, but was ruled out in the third quarter due to blurred vision. Sanders still dealing with the problem a day after is a little discouraging, but Monday morning's shootaround should be a big indicator of his status heading into the short week.
Feb 9 - 2:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Brandon Knight
2Nate Wolters
3Kendall Marshall
SG1Giannis Antetokounmpo
2O.J. Mayo
3Jerryd Bayless
SF1Jabari Parker
2Jared Dudley
3Khris Middleton
4Damien Inglis
PF1Ersan Ilyasova
2John Henson
3D.J. Stephens
4Chris Wright
C1Larry Sanders
2Zaza Pachulia
3Johnny O'Bryant