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Buyout discussions have commenced between the Milwaukee Bucks and Larry Sanders that would make the recently suspended big man a free agent, according to league sources.

Sanders has served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug program but has not returned to the team and is not expected to play for Milwaukee again. He has been listed as out for "personal reasons" in each of the Bucks' last three games.

The 26-year-old has been adamant that he wants to resume his NBA career despite the personal struggles that have resulted in two league suspensions in less than a year.

"Soon you all will know the truth," Sanders tweeted last week.

When asked last week about Sanders' status, Bucks coach Jason Kidd told local reporters: "That will be determined during the break."

Because of thumb and eye injuries -- as well as suspensions -- Sanders has only appeared in just 50 games games for Milwaukee since landing a four-year, $44 million contract extension during the summer of 2013.

He's been one of the league's most impactful defensive big men when he's been on the floor, but the surprising Bucks -- off to a 30-23 start under Kidd -- have coped well without him this season, posting a 12-7 record in those games while relying on the likes of John Henson, Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia and the recently signed Kenyon Martin.

NBA players don't face suspensions for violating the league's anti-drug policy until their third such violation. Sanders was suspended for the final five games of the 2013-14 season and, through the most recent suspension, forfeited more than $1 million of his $11 million salary this season.
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12332804/milwaukee-bucks-larry-sanders-begin-buyout-talks
 

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I hope this guy finds a way to regain his motivation and play some ball.
 

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Hate him. Him landing on a contender this season is a disgusting thought
 

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I hope this guy finds a way to regain his motivation and play some ball.
I don't. What a piece of shit. He's going to get a buyout and then all the sudden decide he wants to play basketball again and try to cash in?

The guy should never play a game of basketball again.
 

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As always, I want as many good players in the league as I can get. When he's motivated, Sanders is a top 5 rim protector. I want to see him on the floor.
 

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When he was playing well, and wasn't going Britney-in-2007 crazy, I loved having him on our team. But with the great chemistry this Bucks team has been playing with lately, I want the Cancer formerly known as LARRY SANDERS! as far away as humanly possible.
 

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When he was playing well, and wasn't going Britney-in-2007 crazy, I loved having him on our team. But with the great chemistry this Bucks team has been playing with lately, I want the Cancer formerly known as LARRY SANDERS! as far away as humanly possible.
That sums it up pretty well for me.
 

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Great news, time for the bucks to keep moving on. Also screw sanders, this is one of the most unprofessional things I have ever seen a pro athlete do. Even a million dollar buyout is too much for this clown. He has done literally nothing to earn this money.
 

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Great news, time for the bucks to keep moving on. Also screw sanders, this is one of the most unprofessional things I have ever seen a pro athlete do. Even a million dollar buyout is too much for this clown. He has done literally nothing to earn this money.
The guy is nuts and I'm sure he has a Saul Goodman like agent. They will try to press the Bucks for every last dollar.
 

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Didn't Toronto get hot immediately after they dumped Rudy Gay last year too? Amazing how important chemistry still matters
And a guy like Lance Stephenson regressed the Hornets this season. Chemistry is second only to talent in my opinion.
 

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The guy is nuts and I'm sure he has a Saul Goodman like agent. They will try to press the Bucks for every last dollar.
This is why guaranteed contracts are a joke.. What's going to stop the next lazy turd from retiring at 25 with a big buyout after signing a brand new contract. I'd sanders doeant play another nba game this is going to set a terrible precedent going forward.
 

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This is why guaranteed contracts are a joke.. What's going to stop the next lazy turd from retiring at 25 with a big buyout after signing a brand new contract. I'd sanders doeant play another nba game this is going to set a terrible precedent going forward.
Problem is I think it will look just as bad or worse if he gets bought out, signs a rest of the year deal with a contender and plays well, then cashes in this summer.

Every player who decides they don't like their team will start trying to pull a Larry.
 

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Milwaukee should do the same thing Detroit did with Josh Smith. If they waive him outright they can use the stretch provision and pay him the $33 million he is owed over the next three years in $4.7 million installments over the next seven. That's an instant extra $6.3 million of cap space in the summers of 2015, 2016, and 2017. After that the cap sky rockets with the new TV deal and the $4.7 million payments are easily absorbed. Plus, by not negotiating with him they get to keep his setoff rights and help themselves to half of his future earnings above the minimum for the next 7 years (and any money recouped also comes off the cap).
 

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Milwaukee should do the same thing Detroit did with Josh Smith. If they waive him outright they can use the stretch provision and pay him the $33 million he is owed over the next three years in $4.7 million installments over the next seven. That's an instant extra $6.3 million of cap space in the summers of 2015, 2016, and 2017. After that the cap sky rockets with the new TV deal and the $4.7 million payments are easily absorbed. Plus, by not negotiating with him they get to keep his setoff rights and help themselves to half of his future earnings above the minimum for the next 7 years (and any money recouped also comes off the cap).
I assume that's what they're going to do. I wasn't award of the setoff rights rule though. You always seem to be extremely knowledgeable when it comes to contracts and the rule book.
 

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Didn't Toronto get hot immediately after they dumped Rudy Gay last year too? Amazing how important chemistry still matters
To be fair, Rudy's played much better in Sacramento as well. That seems to be more a case of pieces not fitting well together and Toronto not using him well than selfish old Rudy ruining the whole team.
 
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