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Report: Bucks, Larry Sanders close to contract extension

Aug 8, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

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A lot of fans may not have seen it because it was happening in Milwaukee, but Larry Sanders has become one of the best shot blocking bigs in the NBA (2.8 per game last season, second in the NBA). On a team where the perimeter defenders played like matadors much of the time, his value really shone through. Plus, he averaged 9.8 points a game (shooting better than 50 percent) and 9.5 rebounds a game.

The Bucks are rebuilding, but Sanders (entering his fourth NBA season) is the kind of guy you use to help build around.

Which is why the Bucks are close to an extension with Sanders to follow up his rookie contract, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

In the wake of the recent departures of guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, Sanders has emerged as Milwaukee’s most recognizable player. He was a recent invitee to USA Basketball’s minicamp in Las Vegas for the game’s top 25-and-under players, only to be derailed halfway through by an ankle sprain.

Although contract figures were not immediately known, sources say Sanders is expected to receive an extension with an annual salary in excess of $10 million.

Smart move by the Bucks, Sanders is a keeper.

Milwaukee will spend this season finding out of Brandon Knight really can be its point guard of the future, plus the team has  O.J. Mayo to do some scoring and some solid role players such as Gary Neal and Carlos Delfino.

But the question is who is around in a couple of years as the Bucks rebuild — Sanders is a guy they want to keep around.

John Wall has already signed a $80 million extension to his rookie deal, the only guy in this draft class to do so at this point. Others from this year are in talks for an extension, including DeMarcus Cousins.

  1. sackings916 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    As a Kings fan, I would hold off at this moment with giving DeMarcus Cousins a Max level extension

    • tyreice - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      hell no pistion need a some 1 like him bucks trade him for greg monroe contract for 3yrs deal with the pistions larry sanders welcome to the pistions

  2. thomaskouns - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Cousins isn’t close to being a max contract player.

    Great article on Grantland this week on his atrocious plus/minus & defense and how his numbers are extremely misleading along with a full scouting report.

    Talent is just that – ‘talent’ until you justify it.

    However, a lot of fans and media buy into a player’s hype without looking at the finer details.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      It’s all Yay Points!! and not Yay!! Quality shot attempts. Very frustrating.

  3. asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Hopefully Larry Drew can help Sanders keep his emotions under control and reduce his technical fouls and silly ejections. Sanders’ biggest weakness appears to be himself. If he can play within himself, focus on playing defense, he can become a key starting big for a winning team in Milwaukee.

  4. bikingscr016 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    @adamsjohn714 I hope you’re not referring to Sanders shot selection. His first 2 years he was more than happy to take a 15 foot jumper and miss. He’s gotten rid of that habit and now would rather post up or go baseline.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:43 AM

      No i was only referring to cousins shot selection. It was more of a dig on cousins (who is vastly overrated) than anything. I’ll defer to you on Sanders shot selection habits. He did increase his efficiency as well as attempts this past year, which is a good sign. Also, he blows Cousins out of the water in blocks and offensive rebounds, as well as not turning it over constantly.

  5. legend30 - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I feel like the Bucks been rebuilding every year … When aren’t they rebuilding?

    • theblackrook - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      The books have not rebuilt in years, they’ve just retooled. Traded and tried to reload to get to the playoffs. They’ve yet to do what the Pacers, Clippers, Warriors and Minnesota did, lose, develop young draft picks and retool with a drafted phenom like, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry and Kevin Love. Brandon Jennings is not and never will be the caliber of player and as we saw with Ray Allen before he was traded, there are stars who want to stay in Milwaukee as long as they are home grown and the team has a chance to really compete. But reloading is only making the time presentable, even if they resigned Monta and Brandon and brought in a SF like Josh Smith, that wouldn’t be enough to ever compete against the likes of the Nets, Heat and Chicago in the east. They need to rebuild, take their lumps, lose; be out of playoff contention and build from within instead of trying to trade to fix all their problems. So to answer your question, they have never been rebuilding.

      • theblackrook - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        Really… the books…. dear god i gotta get something to eat. Folks is gonna have a field day with that.

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