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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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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

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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

Larry Sanders will not return to Saturday's game due to blurred vision.

In typical Bucks fashion, Sanders was expected to return to the game and the team changed their mind on him. It's unknown if his blurred vision will keep him out for any more game action and the team will hopefully update his status before Monday's game. Miroslav Raduljica started the second half and Zaza Pachulia should also see more playing time. Sanders finished with two points and four boards in four minutes.
Feb 8 - 9:54 PM

Larry Sanders was poked in the left eye in the second quarter and is expected to return to Saturday's game.

Luckily for the Bucks, Sanders seems like he's fine. The Bucks don't have much depth -- or talent in general -- but Sanders has at least been able to turn around his disappointing season lately.
Feb 8 - 9:29 PM

Larry Sanders suffered an apparent head injury during the second quarter against the Rockets on Saturday and went to the locker room.

Sanders looked to take an elbow to the face and had trouble getting up under the basket. He walked back to the locker room after getting some attention from the training staff on the bench, so hopefully the team will have an update soon. The shorthanded Bucks will give Zaza Pachulia and Miroslav Raduljica some extra run to help John Henson.
Feb 8 - 8:50 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein that the Bucks are turning down all trade offers for Larry Sanders.

For once, the Bucks aren't looking to sell a player when his value is at its lowest. Although Sanders has had a nightmare season including off-court incidents and inconsistent on-court play, he was signed to a four-year, $44 million deal in August for a reason. When he has his head on straight, he can change games as a rim protector. We've started to see some of that effectiveness lately as he's averaged 13.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over the last five games.
Feb 7 - 9:43 AM

Larry Sanders hit 12-of-19 shots for 25 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

The Nuggets tend to give it up to big men like Sanders and he came through tonight, as both the points and rebounds were easily season highs. He's starting to come on and while it's unfortunate he can't play Denver every night, he is now averaging 13.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last five games. Ersan Ilyasova left with a sore back tonight, and his absence would likely mean more touches for Larry, as well. Hopefully this doesn't end up being his best game of the season.
Feb 6 - 2:32 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Brandon Knight
SG1Ramon Sessions
2Giannis Antetokounmpo
3O.J. Mayo
4Nate Wolters
SF1Khris Middleton
2Tony Mitchell
3Carlos Delfino
PF1Jeff Adrien
2John Henson
3Ersan Ilyasova
4D.J. Stephens
5Chris Wright
C1Larry Sanders
2Zaza Pachulia
3Ekpe Udoh
4Miroslav Raduljica