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Friday April 4th, 2014

Larry Sanders is reportedly close to signing a contract extension with the Bucks. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) Bucks center Larry Sanders played in only 23 games this season due to various injuries. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The NBA suspended Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders for five games without pay for violation of league's drug policy, the league announced.

Sanders is currently out for the season after fracturing his right orbital bone in February. The league said that Sanders' suspension will begin with the next NBA regular season game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

"I apologize to the entire Bucks organization and our fans for being suspended five games for using marijuana in violation of the NBA Anti-Drug Program," Sanders said in a statement. "I take full responsibility for my actions."

He also missed two months earlier this season after tearing a ligament in his right thumb during a fight at a Milwaukee night club.

Sanders only played in 23 games this season, averaging 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks after signing a four-year extension worth $44 million in the offseason. GOLLIVER AND MAHONEY: Give and Go: Proposed playoff changes, Western sprint, Knicks’ chances and more

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