The Milwaukee Bucks and center Larry Sanders are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the deal is worth about $48 million over four years.
The third year-pro had his finest season as a professional last year. The Virginia Commonwealth product averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in 27.3 minutes per game last season. Sanders played in 71 games, starting 55. He shot 50.6% from the field and 61.8% from the free throw line. Every number mentioned above was a career-high.
Sanders has certainly improved offensively but his bread and butter is his defense. He is an excellent rim protector and is among the best defensive centers in basketball.
The re-tooling of the Bucks started last season when the Bucks dealt forward Tobias Harris, among others, to the Orlando Magic as in exchange for a package centered around guard J.J. Redick. Harris went on to lead the Magic in scoring for the rest of the season, averaging 17.3 points per game in Orlando, while Redick struggled and eventually was moved to the Los Angeles Clippers in a sign-and-trade.
In the offseason, the Bucks let guard Monta Ellis walk in free agency, traded guard Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons for Brandon Knight.
The Bucks then signed veteran guard O.J. Mayo.
They also signed big man Zaza Pachulia, sharpshooter Carlos Delfino and acquired point guard Luke Ridnour.
The Bucks went 38-44 last season and were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat.
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