Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback

By Alex Butler   |   Feb. 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM
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MILWAUKEE, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Basketball blood isn't bouncing from former Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders anytime soon.

Sanders, 27, averaged 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 233 career games. But the No. 15 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft accepted a buyout from the Bucks to retire last season.

Now Sanders is talking comeback. Sanders told The Vertical that once he stabilizes his off-the-court life, he will eye a return.

"Once my art, music and passions off the court feel stable, I will look into coming back," Sanders told The Vertical. "I still love basketball. I want stability around me, and part of my mindset to leave was not to put all my eggs in one basket."

"I feel highly valuable on any team. There aren't a lot of people who can bring my game to a team. I still play basketball all the time, staying in shape. I will need to make sure the situation is right for me."

Sanders eared a four-year, $44 million deal during the 2012 season. Since retirement, the Virginia Commonwealth product has spoken about his personal struggles with anxiety and depression, while discussing his use of marijuana.

Sanders earns $1.86 million annually until 2022 through his buyout with the Bucks, according to Shams Charania.

"People close to Sanders have discussed his seriousness to return to the NBA sooner rather than later," Charania wrote. "Nevertheless, Sanders would need to continue cleansing his lifestyle and show teams a renewed focus on the game. For now, Sanders says there is no timetable toward a return. He now resides in Los Angeles where he releases music, including a recent single called 'Black Mercedes.'"

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