An unnamed Western Conference NBA team is reportedly interested in signing Larry Sanders, formerly of the Milwaukee Bucks for the upcoming season. The center agreed to a buyout with his former team last season and retired from the basketball stating personal reasons.
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times updated the possibility of a Sanders return to the NBA on Twitter.
You knew this was inevitable: A source tells me a Western Conference team has had internal talks about possibly signing Larry Sanders.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) October 12, 2015
Before retiring, Sanders was considered one of the promising big men in the league due to his defensive prowess and energy on the floor. Sanders, who signed a 4-year $44 million contract with the Bucks in 2013, battled with anxiety and depression while playing in the league.
Among the Western Conference teams that may need help in the paint for the upcoming season are the Dallas Mavericks (Zaza Pachulia, Samuel Dalembert and JaVale McGee), Denver Nuggets (Jusuf Nurkic, J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic) and Portland Trail Blazers (Meyers Leonard, Mason Plumlee and Chris Kaman), although other Western Conference teams may want to add depth to their center rotation for the upcoming season.
The 26-year-old Sanders was the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and played for the Bucks for five seasons. His best year came in the 2012-2013 season when he averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game that earned him the huge contract extension.