New NBA rumors on Sunday has Larry Sanders serious in his comeback bid to the NBA but only if he has a guaranteed deal for the season. Can the controversial big man be the key acquisition for the Brooklyn Nets, who are still short of good players in their roster?
Can he form a “Big Three” with Nets stars Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin?
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders tweeted that Sanders is not interested in a non-guaranteed deal and likely looking for big money in his attempt to return to the NBA.
Kyler also adds that the former Milwaukee Bucks big man wants a major role in his NBA comeback and that can be provided by the team in Brooklyn.
Nothing new, but Larry is not doing a camp-only deal, it has to be right situation with real opportunity. https://t.co/E12AOSuVxy
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 28, 2016
Sanders prematurely retired from the NBA in December of 2014 reportedly because of anxiety and depression.
The Bucks were disappointed with his decision because he had a promising career ahead of him after posting career-high numbers of 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in the 2012-2013 NBA Season.
Sanders’ depression might have come from the next two seasons when he played in just a total of 50 games from 2013 to 2015 because of injuries.
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However, Sanders announced this 2016 offseason that he wants an NBA comeback and even gave clues on social media that he wants to join the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors. Sanders has been linked in NBA rumors to both teams but no deal has been finalized.
Why Larry Sanders to Brooklyn Nets could work
The Nets don’t have much in their roster except Brook Lopez, the only star in the team and Jeremy Lin, their prized acquisition in the summer. Brooklyn failed to get their first targets in free agency, Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe, after their respective teams retained them by matching the Nets’ offer sheet.
Facing the prospect of having another lost season, the Nets are desperate enough to sign a controversial player like Sanders.
The key for Brooklyn is that they don’t own their 2017 first round pick in next year’s draft, which means the Nets want to battle for a playoff spot for this season to be considered a success.
The Nets are one of the few teams that have salary cap left with about $16 million left to spend this summer, which means Brooklyn will remain being mentioned in NBA rumors at this point of the offseason.
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Brooklyn can give Larry Sanders the deal he wants, which could be around the $8M to $12M range, and they will form a nice frontcourt of Sanders-Lopez and an unselfish point guard in Jeremy Lin.
With Sanders, the Nets improve their interior defense and he will complement Lopez’s offensive game.
Should the Nets consider singing Sanders? Brooklyn should if they do not want to be the worst team in the league for the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
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