Milwaukee Bucks’ big man Larry Sanders was fantastic during 2012-2013 season and the Bucks rewarded him for his play, signing Sanders to a four-year, $44 million deal. So far, things have not gone well. Sanders ran into trouble with the law in the 2013 offseason, suffered through an injury-filled season and fell out of favor in the Bucks’ rotation. For all of those reason the Bucks have reportedly been shopping Sanders for a veteran big man.
Although the Cleveland Cavaliers may not have a veteran big man to deal to the Bucks, if they miss out on Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, they could turn their attention to Sanders.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders believes Sanders could be exactly what the Cavaliers need, but doesn’t seen a trade going down because he is still a very talented young big man.
Yes, he would absolutely be exactly what they need. But he’s also exactly what the Bucks need, and if he can bounce back even a little that contract is totally reasonable. People have forgotten already how awesome he was in 2012-13, when he was probably a top-5 defensive C. The Cavs aren’t trading Wiggins for him, and Bennett isn’t quite enough to move the needle for me if I’m the Bucks especially since I already have a way superior one way PF prospect in Jabari. Waiters is the other possibility, but even that doesn’t get it done for me. Waiters and Bennett? MAYBE that gets it done if I’m the Bucks. But I’d let Sanders try to work back into it, since his value is at a nadir at the moment.
Sanders played in just 23 games last season because of injuries and off of the court issues. He averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game while shooting 46.9% from the field and 47.3% from the free throw line.
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