Wednesday February 18th, 2015

The Milwaukee Bucks are close to completing a buyout of center Larry Sanders, according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein.

A separate report from RealGM's Shams Charania said that Sanders, who is in the second season of a four-year, $44 million contract, is expected to receive $13 million.

The NBA announced last month that Sanders was suspended without pay for a minimum of 10 games after violating the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

A report last month said that during the suspension Sanders intended to handle personal issues and learn to live without using marijuana.

Sanders has not played since Dec. 23. He was suspended five games in April 2014 for violating the league's anti-drug program.

Once the buyout is finalized, the Bucks will use the stretch provision to spread the amount of the buyout over the next seven years, according to's David Aldridge.

Over 27 games this season, Sanders averaged 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. The Bucks currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 30-23 record.

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