Bucks center Larry Sanders has been away from the team for personal reasons. Now we may know what those reasons are.
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Sanders recently told Bucks officials he doesn’t want to play basketball anymore. Coach Jason Kidd was asked earlier this week why Sanders was out, and he didn’t have much of a response, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times,
“It’s just personal. There’s nothing I can give you more. That’s the way the question will be answered,” Kidd told reporters.
However, Sanders apparently does still want to play basketball. Sanders agent, Happy Walters, called the report inaccurate and a "Rumor unsubstantiated."
Fox Sports Wisconsin later reported the Bucks expect to have Sanders back in a couple of days and as early as Tuesday.
Sanders, 26, is in the first season of a four-year, $44 million contract extension. Woelfel said some friends of Sanders told him in the summer they were concerned he wasn’t committed to basketball.
The Bucks have tried to trade Sanders in the past. Milwaukee tried to trade Sanders and Brandon Knight to the Pacers last summer for Roy Hibbert. He asked an NBA official if the Bucks could trade Sanders now, according to Woelfel. "Good luck" was his response.
Sanders is averaging 7.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.
Contributing: Ron Clements