According to a report, Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders is expected to enter a rehab facility this summer.
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reported that rumors about there being a trade market in the NBA for Sanders are not true, citing Sanders’ on- and off-the-court issues.
Contrary to a report, the market for Sanders is virtually non-existent as he not only has been plagued by off-court issues—he is expected to enter a rehab facility this summer—but will be entering the first [season] of a four-year, $44 million contract next season.
Sanders had a … let’s go with eventful … 2013-14.
In August, he signed his contract extension.
Two days after complaining about his minutes, he injured a ligament in his thumb during a fight at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub.
Two days after Christmas, after missing 25 games, Sanders returned from his thumb injury.
In early February, Sanders fractured the orbital bone near his right eye and missed the rest of the season.
And, finally, in early April, Sanders was suspended for five games for failing multiple drug tests, then told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel how he believes in the medicinal properties of marijuana.
Did I mention his year was … eventful?
It becomes germane because one of the players the Bucks worked out Friday according to Woelfel’s report was Michigan big man Mitch McGary, who entered the draft after an injury-truncated sophomore season because he was facing a season-long suspension for … stop me if this sounds vaguely familiar … failing an NCAA drug test for marijuana.
McGary is an interesting prospect because of how well he played during the 2013 NCAA tournament on Michigan’s run to the national title game, but there is the red flags raised over his back injury and now a new set of warning beacons thanks to the failed drug test.
It’s doubtful McGary will be on the board for the Bucks, anyway. Milwaukee picks No. 2 overall in the first round and then has choices at No. 31, No. 36 and No. 48 in the second round.
McGary is expected to be a late first-round selection.