Larry Sanders close to extension with Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks and Larry Sanders are nearing an extension that’s going to pay the big guy pretty darn well. The Bucks let Brandon Jennings walk as he wasn’t happy but it looks like Sanders wants to stay in Wisconsin. I’m not quite sure why as they’re not going to be in contention any time soon. I guess that means the Bucks will try to build around one of the NBA’s best defensive players.
Oct. 31 is the deadline for extensions for members of Sanders’ 2010 draft class, but sources told ESPN.com this week that negotiations on a new deal for one of Milwaukee’s new cornerstones have already reached the final stages.
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. He averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in just 27.3 minutes per game last season. (ESPN)
The 2012/2013 season was a breakout year for Sanders after being inserted into the starting lineup in December. He rewarded the Bucks for the faith by averaging just under a double-double and becoming one of the best shot blockers in the league. Those numbers were skewed of course by spending the first month as a reserve.
As a starter, Sanders averaged 10.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game over 28.5 minutes per game. Those numbers should only increase in 2013/2014 as he sees more minutes and becomes more of a focal point of the team.
Great deal here for both player and team.