The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are still looking to improve their rosters despite making the NBA Finals last season. The latest NBA rumors have both teams reportedly linked to center Larry Sanders, who retired from the league very early in his NBA career but looking to make a comeback.
Sanders, who is just just 27 years old, has played five seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2010 to 2015 but abruptly retired from the NBA stating personal reasons for his retirement. The controversial big man was released by his team February of 2015 because of marijuana use.
Sanders explained why he walked from the NBA via The Players’ Tribune saying that “for [basketball] to be consuming so much of my life and time right now … it’s not there for me. It’s not that worth it.”
(Video courtesy: YouTube/The Players’ Tribune)
Sanders did not close the doors on the NBA though saying that “if I get to a point where I feel I’m capable of playing basketball again, then I will.”
The opportunity to play with strong and powerhouse teams like the Cavaliers (with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) and the Warriors (Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green) might have convinced Sanders that it’s time to return to the NBA.
The NBA rumors of his return is anticipated as he is one of the centers who had shown great potential during his playing years. In the 2012-2013 NBA Season, Sanders averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.
Sanders posted on social media Twitter and gave clues of a possible NBA comeback:
I know where ever I decide to go, we gettin a ring…
— Larry Sanders (@l8show_thegoat) July 10, 2016
The “getting a ring” part was also the clue on the possibility that he joins LeBron’s Cavaliers and Durant’s Warriors. The NBA rumors of Larry Sanders returning to the league and joining either teams makes sense since both teams lack a big man in their roster.