Larry Sanders has reportedly worked out for the celtics.The former Bucks big man hasn’t played professionally since 2015, but is looking to make an NBA comeback. Sanders was a defense and rebounding specialist mostly, but was good in that role. The athletic big man averaged 1. 0 steals and 1. 4 blocks per game in his most recent NBA season in just over 20 minutes played per game.
Larry Sanders Provides Rebounding and Defense
Larry Sanders stopped playing professionally in 2015 citing personal reasons. The Milwaukee Bucks waved him in February 2015 utilizing the stretch provision in the collective bargaining agreement. Sanders had injury troubles as well as personal troubles during his Bucks tenure. However in 2012-2013 Sanders was an excellent defensive big man. He averaged 9. 5 rebounds per game and 2. 4 steals per game in 27. 4 minutes per game during that season.
Reports Indicate Sanders Has Worked Out for Boston
Former Milwaukee Bucks big man Larry Sanders did indeed work out Thursday for the Boston Celtics, MassLive.com has learned.Sanders, 28, broke the news on his Instagram page, but did so with a cryptic series of messages. In one, he put his location as Boston. In another, he revealed he worked out for an NBA team but didn’t say which one.
The Celtics already have the maximum 15 players on their roster, but could clear space by waiving one of their current players or executing a trade prior to next month’s deadline. But trying to figure out how to fit Sanders on the team might be premature. A source suggested he did not look overly impressive during the workout. While that should be expected given he has not played in the NBA for years, it also won’t hasten Boston’s desire to clear space for him.
If he could return to form, Sanders’ shot-blocking could theoretically help shore up some of Boston’s defensive issues.
Keith Smith also reported the workout on twitter.
Source: Larry Sanders worked out with the Celtics recently. No signing imminent. Both sides just checking in to see where things are at.
– Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 27, 2017
Sanders Could Help Boston in Areas of Need
Smith also wrote on celticsblog.com that Larry Sanders is an athletic marvel and that he could be signed using either the Room Exception or the Veteran Minimum Exception if Boston were to clear a roster spot for him.
Sanders is still just 28 years of age and was an athletic marvel during his early NBA time. Given the Celtics weaknesses on the glass and with rim protection the link makes sense. The Celtics would need to clear a roster spot before signing Sanders, as they are currently at the maximum of 15 players. Boston also has the pro-rated Room Exception available to them to sign Sanders, as well as just over $1. 1 million in cap space. They could also use the Veteran Minimum Exception to sign Sanders as well.
Nothing is imminent. However, if the Celtics could feel Sanders can help them they should make the necessary moves to open roster space and sign the athletic big man. Stay tuned for any continuing developments.