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Report: Bucks reach four-year extension with Larry Sanders

Aug 16, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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The Milwaukee Bucks are rebuilding in the wake of the failed Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis experiment.

But they have one piece that can serve as a cornerstone in whatever is being built — Larry Sanders. The fourth-year player out of Virginia Commonwealth had a breakout season last year and is one of the better defensive anchor big men in the league. The Bucks had the 12th best defense in the NBA (in points per possession) last season and that was with heavy minutes for Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings (not exactly defensive stoppers). Sanders was a big part of why.

Which is why the Bucks have locked Sanders up with a four-year, $44 million extension of his rookie deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Incentives could push that has high as $48 million. That’s a fair number for both sides.

This isn’t a surprise, we told you last week the sides were close.

Sanders is becoming the face of the franchise for the Bucks, and last season in addition to his defense (2.8 blocks a game) he averaged 9.8 points a game (shooting better than 50 percent) and 9.5 rebounds a game. He’s a very good center.

The Bucks will be trying out a Brandon Knight/O.J. Mayo backcourt this season, then they will try their luck in the lottery. Rebuilds are by design not usually fun to watch.

But it’s all about acquiring assets — the Bucks have a good one and they just locked it up. Smart move.

  1. money2long - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    he’s really good. i love his defensive prowess.

  2. blakegriffin32 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Crazy. Have one good season and get paaaaid for it. Good for him though! Hope he continues to thrive.

    • spursareold - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      One trick pony, and kind of a loose cannon. Good luck with that.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I’m telling you man, I said it before…DeAndre Jordan effed the game up when he got the contract that he got! It’s been all bad (or good if you’re an NBA center) since then!

      Sanders is good, but 11+ milli a year good? IDK about that. Plus he’s a bit of a wildcard. Funny how he was glued to the bench for a couple years then finally got some run last year and PRESTO…he’s an 8 figure C. SMH

  3. tk41 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Great signing for a team that has a history of throwing money at…uh…. “questionable” big men (Drew Gooden, anyone?).
    They’re still going to struggle offensively, but with all the rim protectors they have (Sanders, Pachulia, Udoh, Henson) they should be able to remain competitive in some REALLY low scoring games.

  4. asimonetti88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I know they would have had trouble competing with the Pistons for Rasheed Wallace’s services as a coach/mentor (since Sheed has ties to Detroit), but I feel like the Bucks should have given it a shot. He seems like a good potential mentor for Sanders, who like Sheed, has a ton of talent, but often his biggest weakness is himself. Sheed was eventually able to control his emotions on the court and its not a coincidence he was a big part of a championship team when he did. If he could help Sanders with those same issues Sanders could become an even better player than he already is.

    • spursareold - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Hiring Rasheed as a coach is like hiring the fox to watch your chickens.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        True, but I think he would have had a lot to offer Sanders in this situation.

      • detroitmike0 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        I love that Fox and if those are his Chickens he will kill anything else with 4 legs trying to Get at ’em. God I hate analogies

  5. lucifershuttlesworth - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    A very rare good signing by the Bucks. Other than Valanciunas and Drummond I can’t think of any young bigs with more upside to their game, Imagine how good he’d be on a team with a knack for player development.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Add Anthony Davis to the list.

  6. saint1997 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    With Antentokounmpo and Sanders the Bucks are actually kind of poised to be successful in the future. They will have low draft picks and the kind of players teams loving getting in return for disgruntled superstars (Henson, OJ, Knight)

  7. 6thsense79 - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Nice signing. Sanders is basically going to give you a double double along with really good defense. I think his offense will improve as long as he works on it during the off season.

  8. wowwowbad - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    His potential is probably a little better than guys like Javal McGee, DeAndre Jordan. If he has good attitude, plays with his head straight up; He could turn into a star.

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