Lakers Rumors: Larry Sanders Returning In A Purple & Gold Uniform?

Lakers Rumors: Larry Sanders Returning In A Purple & Gold Uniform?
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Larry Sanders is preparing for an NBA comeback, but he doesn’t know which team would suit him best. The former Milwaukee Bucks center took to social media this week to ask his followers for advice.


Sanders left the NBA in February 2015 to deal with his drug and mental health problems. After more than a year’s worth of contemplation and rehab, Sanders became the subject of fervent free agency rumors earlier this month.

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers were said to be heavily-recruiting the enigmatic big man, but negotiations with the two ball clubs quickly evaporated into thin air. Unfazed, Sanders has already moved on from the Warriors and Cavaliers. He recently hinted the other teams he might play for next season.

Sanders sent out an interesting Twitter poll on Monday. He asked his followers if who among the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks would best utilize his particular set of skills.

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The poll has since garnered over 29,000 votes. The runaway winner is the Lakers with 34 percent of the total number votes, followed by the Bucks with 26 percent. Sanders might just suit up for the purple and gold next season since he is already in California working to regain his NBA shape.

In a candid interview with Basketball Insiders, Sanders said he learned so much about himself and life in general while being away from the game. He did not disclose specific details of his potential NBA return, but he did mention that he does miss the game a lot.

“Oh, I do miss it. I have season tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers and I love watching and dissecting the game,” said Sanders. “I mean, I love this game. I really do. I love to play it, and I do still play a lot here in L.A.”

The Lakers currently lack elite defense and NBA experience in the front court. Mitch Kupchak and company only need to look into the stands for help.

Sanders played five season with the Bucks before his contract was bought out by the team. According to ESPN, the 2013-14 season was his best statistical year. It was when he averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

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