Larry Sanders has posted another social media poll asking fans what team would utilize his skills the best. This time around, the team with the most votes ended being the Boston Celtics.
For the past few weeks, the former Milwaukee Bucks center has been hinting his potential return to the NBA. He was previously linked to the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
All three teams have their reasons for wanting to sign Sanders. For the Celtics, the 6-foot-11 center would be a reliable backup center for newly-acquired big man Al Horford.
Hardwood Houdini noted that while Horford is a capable defender himself, he is not on the same level as what Sanders used to be for the Bucks. This past season, Horford set a career-high of 1.7 blocks per 36 minutes of play.
That figure pales in comparison to the 2.8 blocks per 27.3 minutes Sanders tallied during the 2012-13 season, his best year in the NBA. Sanders also averaged 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds that same year, as per ESPN.
On paper, adding Sanders would immediately make the Celtics a deeper and better team. However, it is still unclear which Larry Sanders the Celtics will get.
It can be remembered that his contract was bought out by the Bucks in early 2015. This was after he was suspended by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug rules for a second time.
He then announced on The Player’s Tribune that he was leaving basketball so he can spend more time on his other hobbies. In an interview with Basketball Insiders, Sanders revealed that he started playing basketball late. Even though he loved the sport, he also felt that it was taking too much of his time.
“I love basketball and the competition and the comradery and all of that. But, at the same time, I feel like basketball took a lot away from me too,” he said. “I always had this artistic and rebellious way about me, and it clashed with the NBA culture. It really did. I got to the point where I realized that the NBA is a machine.”
If he does return to the NBA, league officials will be heavily monitoring his every movement. Getting suspended for a third time, especially if it involves drugs, would totally jeopardize his basketball career.