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Larry Sanders still follows Bucks, keeps in touch with ex-teammates

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Former Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders says he still keeps in touch with his ex-teammates and tracks how his team is doing.

Sanders, 30, is a semi-retired big man who last played for the Bucks in 2015. The center was a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year but decided to briefly leave the sport following multiple suspensions for violating the NBA’s ban on marijuana and citing his decision to enter a treatment center for his depression and anxiety.

Per Ben Steele in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are the only players left on the Bucks from Sanders’ time. He still follows the team closely and keeps in contact with his ex-teammates.

“Usually if I reach out to someone, I get a response,” he said. “It’s all love.”

The past and present will collide for Sanders in Milwaukee.

“I hope to see a lot of familiar faces,” Sanders said. “I know they’re going to be there. Some people I know I’m going to see, because they’re so loyal. I’m really looking forward to spending time with them.”

Since his buyout with Milwaukee, Sanders briefly signed and played for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2016-17 season for five games and moved on, playing in rapper and actor Ice Cube’s three-on-three professional league, the BIG3. Sanders is currently looking for another NBA roster spot available.

The Bucks look vastly different than when Sanders last played for the Brew City team, however. As Steele mentions, only Middleton and Antetokounmpo are still on the team—but they look very different now, with one the owner of a max contract and the other coming off a league MVP season.

Sanders averaged 6.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in five seasons with the Bucks.