"We are hopeful that this year Larry gets back to being the basketball player that he was two years ago, Morway said. "He is a defensive presence and a game changer on the court. So when you have his length along with Giannis, Jabari Parker, John Henson and then Zaza Pachulia, Damien Inglis, who is very long, and if you play Khris Middleton at the two... We are a fairly long team."
Three games into last season, Sanders complained about his lack of playing time under new head coach Larry Drew.
Sanders missed almost two months after injuring his thumb in a Milwaukee night club fight. In January, Sanders got into an argument with then-teammate Gary Neal after the game, with reporters in the locker room. In February, Sanders fractured an orbital bone and missed the rest of the season.
While he was injured, Sanders was suspended for five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. In order to earn that suspension, Sanders had to have failed three separate drug tests within a given period. Sanders said later that he "believes in marijuana." Sanders served his five-game suspension at the end of last season, even though he was injured.
- Sarah Barshop