One of the names that has been generating a lot of buzz leading up to the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline has been young Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders. After a tumultuous 2013-14 season that has seen Sanders miss time due to an injury sustained in a bar fight and the Bucks post the worst record in the league up to this point, teams have been inquiring to see if they can swoop in and nab Sanders.
According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, that’s not going to be happening anytime soon. Stein reports that teams that have been in touch with the Bucks’ front office about a deal that would involve the 25-year-old big man have been turned away.
Sanders signed a $44 million extension this summer, a deal which largely banked on the continued development of Sanders, who has really been only a defensive specialist prior to this season. However, with all of the off-court issues and the reported locker room struggles between Sanders and his teammates, some may have guessed that the center’s future in Milwaukee was all but over.
In reality, though, his future may still be over. Another aspect of Stein’s report is the reasoning behind the Bucks not looking to trade Sanders right now. Management in Milwaukee doesn’t want to deal Sanders in fear that they won’t get full return for him in a trade due to the issues that he’s had this season.
Sanders may be the most compelling name to watch as we come up to the deadline. Not only is his future uncertain with Milwaukee, but he’s also been playing quite well as of late which could make the decision more difficult for the Bucks. As of right now, he’s not on the block. However, a lot can change in two weeks.