According to a chat hosted by ESPN’s Chad Ford, Larry Sanders is a man wanted by other NBA teams.
There is a lot of interest in Sanders right now. They might be able to use that (or John Henson) to get another pick in the draft. Point guard is an area they’d like more help at and there are several intriguing point guards a little later in the draft. I know the Bucks would love another Lottery pick, but the cost is high right now.
The Bucks are caught in a difficult situation with regard to Sanders. When he stays healthy and in the good graces of his coaches and teammates, he can be a stultifying interior defender. On the other hand, he is slated to earn eight figures a year for the next four years, and the Bucks can’t quite be sure his emotional demeanor won’t keep him off the hardwood.
It’s hard to imagine any scenario where the Bucks would move the #2 pick in next week’s NBA draft, but it is less difficult to conceive of a scenario where they package Sanders and Brandon Knight in an attempt to bring back a late lottery pick.
One possible destination is Sacramento, where the Kings could pair Sanders and Knight in a package that would fetch the #8 overall pick and salary filler or possibly even an extra young player. There are reports that Sacramento thinks that adding ready-now players to a core of Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins could propel them into a playoff contender. (Side note: it won’t.)
If the Bucks are truly after a point guard, then a trade with a team like the Kings could help the Bucks land Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State, but a trade for a lower pick could put them in position to go after Elfrid Payton of Lousiana-Lafayette or Tyler Ennis from Syracuse.