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Sanders will be suspended for at least 10 games without pay, starting Monday, for violating the league's anti-drug policy, Andrew Gruman of FOX Sports reports.
The length of Sanders' suspension depends on his "compliance with his treatment program," so it's possible that he may be suspended longer than just 10 games. If he goes through the necessary steps and is only suspended for 10 games his next available date to return to the court will be Feb. 7 against the Celtics. Although, it's important to realize that he's been off the court since Dec. 23 for personal reasons and may not actually start playing once his suspension is over.
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Sanders is still out with personal issues, but he recently told reporters he was working with the Bucks to get in a position where he can play for the team again, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
While this update is still very vague, it does continue to give hope that Sanders will play yet this season. All reports have simply referenced "personal issues" as the reason Sanders is out, and while we do not know the severity of these issues, it appears that the Bucks are willing to help Sanders through whatever he's going through. Until we get more details on this situation, all we can do is consider Sanders out indefinitely.
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Sanders (personal) was seen on the Bucks' bench in street clothes talking with teammates prior to Tuesday's game, Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman reports.
It is difficult to say for sure if Sanders or coach Jason Kidd is calling the shots with regard to his inactive status. Kidd said he expects Sanders back with the team in the near future, which came to pass Tuesday, but it remains to be seen when he will take the court again. Continue to consider Sanders out indefinitely for now, although the fact that he was present for Tuesday's game is a good sign.
Larry Sanders PF/C MIL 23 Days
Sanders (personal) was not present at Tuesday's shootaround, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Judging from Monday's conflicting reports, few people truly know what's going on with Sanders, but coach Jason Kidd said he expects the center to be back with the team in the near future. It looks like that won't be Tuesday against the Suns, however, so Zaza Pachulia is likely to make another start at center. If Sanders does return to the team soon, it's unknown whether he'd step back in as the starter.
Larry Sanders PF/C MIL 23 Days
Contrary to an earlier report, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports Sanders (personal) is planning to rejoin the Bucks in the next couple of days.
Details regarding Sanders' situation continue to be extremely murky, as Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reported earlier Monday that "sources" informed him Sanders told the Bucks he's no longer interested in playing basketball. However, this new report seems to corroborate what the team has been saying all along, that Sanders is dealing with an illness and has remained away from the team. Still, the general belief is that Sanders is dealing with a personal issue of some sort, but it's best not to speculate at this point. From a fantasy perspective, continue to consider Sanders day-to-day.
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Sanders is apparently no longer interested in playing basketball, Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reports.
It's important to note that Woelfel's information comes via "sources," not Sanders himself, but the center reportedly told team officials that he no longer wants to play basketball. Sanders has been away from the team for the past six games due to personal issues, but the Bucks have not offered any insight into what, exactly, Sanders is dealing with. The enigmatic VCU product has dealt with a number of on and off-court issues since entering the league in 2010, most notably a nightclub brawl last winter followed by a marijuana suspension later in the season. At this point, it's unlikely Sanders returns to the team anytime soon, but it's too early to definitively state that he won't return this season.
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Sanders is away from the team for personal reasons, according to coach Jason Kidd, and there is no timetable for his return, Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman reports.
It was previously believed that Sanders was dealing with an illness, and while that may be the case, it also seems like something more serious is at play here. He has not taken part in team activities recently, and owners in should not expect him to assume a significant role with the Bucks anytime soon. In the meantime, John Henson and Zaza Pachulia have fantasy value in deeper leagues simply due their availability to play in a frontcourt, which all of a sudden is lacking impact options.
Larry Sanders PF/C MIL 27 Days
Sanders (illness) will not play against the Pacers on Friday and is not expected to return to the starting lineup when he eventually overcomes his ailment, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Coach Jason Kidd indicated that Sanders will have to work his way back into the starting lineup when he returns to health. Almost certainly this seems to be directly related to the solid performances of Zaza Pachulia and John Henson at center during Sanders' time off the court. This should certainly startle those that have a vested interest in Sanders, although Kidd's starting lineup has been a revolving door this season so all hope is not lost for Sanders to regain his position as the starting center at some point in the near future.
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Sanders (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Sanders will miss a fourth straight game, and with Ersan Ilyasova (illness) also out again, the Bucks will remain shorthanded in the frontcourt. Expect Zaza Pachulia to start alongside rookie Johnny O'Bryant, as was the case Monday in Charlotte.
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Sanders (illness) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Hornets, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
With Sanders now ruled out, look for Zaza Pachulia to see a steady dose of minutes in the Milwaukee frontcourt, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant representing additional candidates for extra minutes down low. Although Sanders won't be traveling with the team Sunday evening, there remains a chance he could join them in advance of a New Year's Eve showdown with the Cavaliers.