Former Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders recently hinted his return to the NBA. The troubled big man took to social media over the weekend to suggest he is signing with the Golden State Warriors.
The Bucks drafted Sanders with the 15th pick in the 2010 NBA draft. He quickly established himself as one of the league’s most elite defenders, averaging 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just 19.8 minutes of play.
His promising career was cut short in early 2015, when the Bucks mysteriously bought out his contract. It was later revealed that Sanders was suspended for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug Policy.
In a confessional video posted on The Player’s Tribune, Sanders announced that he was taking a sabbatical from professional basketball. He wanted to take the time off to improve himself both mentally and spiritually.
“I actually entered into Rogers Memorial Hospital and it was a program for anxiety and depression, mood disorders,” he said. “It taught me a lot about myself. It taught me a lot about what’s important and where will want to devote my time and energy.”
Since then, Sanders has involved himself in art, music and literature. But ultimately, the pull of the game proved too much for him.
Sports Illustrated reported that Sanders is currently working out in California and has been receiving offers from several NBA teams. The 6-foot-11 center sparked rumors that he will be joining the Golden State Warriors next season when he posted a screenshot from the 1979 movie The Warriors on his official Twitter account.
Steve Kerr would love to have a shot blocker like Sanders on the team. It can be remembered that the recent signing of Kevin Durant depleted the Warriors’ championship-caliber bench.
FanSided noted that the Bay Area squad is in search of quality veterans who are willing to play on a minimum salary next season. Durant’s arrival cost the Warriors Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, Harrison Barnes and Brandon Rush.