HoopsHype Larry Sanders rumors


February 7, 2015 Updates

The 10th game of the suspension period was Friday night as the Bucks met the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. But the suspension will not end until he is in "full compliance" with his treatment program, a league spokesman confirmed Friday. When Sanders is determined to be in full compliance, the team will be notified by the league and be able to publicize that, the spokesman said. Sanders was suspended without pay for a fourth failed marijuana test, but before that he had missed 11 games because of illness and personal reasons. He has not played since the Bucks met Charlotte at home Dec. 23. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 6, 2015 Updates

If the league clears Sanders and says he is in compliance, then he will go back on the Bucks roster and another player would have to be released. But that does not mean Sanders would immediately return to the court. Point guard Jorge Gutierrez was signed to a 10-day contract on Jan. 28 and was able to fill Sanders' roster spot because Sanders already had served five games of the 10-game suspension. Friday is the final day of Gutierrez's 10-day deal. "We understand this is Jorge's 10th day," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said following the team shootaround Friday morning. "We'll go back and evaluate and see if we can do another 10-day. "There's a lot of things that have to take place before that, but we'll see." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 24, 2015 Updates

Sanders earlier had been out due to personal reasons and has not played in a game for Milwaukee since Dec. 23. "I think the most important thing is to take life as the priority," Baker said. "Take that first. Everything falls into place when you put life as the priority. "For me, I was still trying to put basketball as the priority when life was the priority. My message would be to put life first." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Baker said he definitely would have had a longer NBA career if he had been able to conquer some of his personal demons. "But I'm at a point in my life where I think everything works for the good," Baker said. "Like I told the young men (Friday), everything I went through led me to this place to come back and help them. So it was all worth it if I can help save them or keep them from going down the roads I went." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 21, 2015 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reported over the weekend that the Bucks had not yet discussed a potential buyout with Sanders, but most league sources expect the discussion to eventually go that direction. Grantland

Milwaukee has a clean cap sheet going forward and no plans to rush its rebuild with a mega–free agency signing. Is the savings it might net in a buyout, plus lifting the Sanders pall from the locker room, worth the risk he might eventually thrive on another team? Maybe it is. The situation may well be worse than we realize. Grantland

January 18, 2015 Updates

Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders plans to use his 10-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program to deal with his core personal issues and learn to live without marijuana use, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Sanders wants to continue his basketball career and has been coming to the realization league rules won't permit that unless he stops testing positive as part of the league's drug program, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Whether Sanders will play again in Milwaukee remains unclear. A new ownership group and new coach have found a measure of success without needing to depend on Sanders. The revitalized Bucks could seek to pursue a contract buyout with Sanders, but that's a discussion that's yet to take place with Sanders' representatives. Yahoo! Sports

Already without No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker and center Larry Sanders, the surprising Bucks suffered another blow Saturday when they announced that reserve point guard Kendall Marshall would be lost for the season with a torn ACL. Marshall hurt the knee Thursday when the Bucks faced the Knicks in London. ''He's been great for us,'' said Bucks coach Jason Kidd. ''It's disappointing. It's an unfortunate accident for a player who was playing well.'' NBA.com

January 16, 2015 Updates
January 14, 2015 Updates

Sanders remains out due to personal reasons and told reporters recently he was working with the Bucks to try to get in a position where he can play again. "The only thing with Larry, he's got some personal issues we've been working with him on," Lasry said. "Hopefully things work themselves out." Sanders is not on the trip. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 9, 2015 Updates

Sanders, though, has denied that he is contemplating retiring or otherwise walking away from the Bucks and his fat new contract. No one on the Bucks, from president Peter Feigin to coach Jason Kidd to teammates in the locker room, has heard him say anything about quitting the team or the NBA. It doesn't appear to be a ploy for leverage to be traded or become the next Josh Smith, either. NBA.com

The team isn't entirely certain what its options are, as far as paying Sanders' salary while he's unavailable to perform, but that doesn't sound like the most pressing matter internally, according to league sources. The Bucks have plugged the hole up front at least temporarily, signing NBA veteran power forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract. After weekend games against Minnesota and at Chicago, they'll all head to London for the Jan. 15 Global Game against New York. NBA.com

January 7, 2015 Updates

The team had not said much about his absence other than it was for personal reasons. That fueled speculation about what's really wrong and that he might even be done with basketball. ''It feels great to be around the guys again,'' Sanders said after his first public appearance with the team in two weeks. ''There is no timetable for my return.'' Sanders was vague, but said he was making progress, getting to the root of his issues and correcting them. ''Without these things being corrected, I don't think basketball will be something I can even do,'' he said. Yahoo! Sports

He said that speculation he might walk off the court for good simply was false. ''But, what is true,'' he said, ''is that I'm in the process of working things out now to do as best for my psyche and my physical health going forward. There's a lot of evaluating going on. There's a lot of inside talk just to put myself in the best place for my health right now.'' Yahoo! Sports

January 6, 2015 Updates

Feigin said Sanders was experiencing personal issues "of which we are 1,000% supportive of around him." He added that the franchise's new owners want to "surround players with the best medical, psychological, emotional and physical support we can possibly have. When Larry's ready, he'll be ready." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

In a luncheon appearance at the War Memorial Center on Tuesday, Feigin denied a media report that was published on Twitter that Sanders recently told team officials he didn't want to play basketball any longer. "Larry didn't say that," Feigin said. "Which I can tell." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jason Kidd was interviewed on "Sports Central" on WTMJ Radio on Monday evening and said center Larry Sanders could return soon, possibly on Tuesday. The 6-foot-11 Sanders was out with illness and later due to personal reasons. He has missed the last six games and has not played since the Bucks' home game against Charlotte on Dec. 23. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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