Two NBA sources help us address the Larry Sanders Mavs Rumor

Two NBA sources help us address the rumor attaching talented-but-troubled center Larry Sanders to the Mavs.

Larry Sanders is not yet 26 years old and yet he is well-established in the NBA as a jumping-jack athlete with prowess in the areas of shot-blocking and rim-protecting. At 6-11, he is a classically gifted defensive center and because of his tender age, is seen by many to have plenty of room to grow on the other end of the floor as well.
But the issue with Sanders is more about "personal growth'' than it is "basketball growth.'' Which is why this week's latest round of Sanders-back-to-the-NBA rumors merits examination. It went down on Twitter thusly:
We start with the very reliable Bucks beat writer ...
We move to Sanders' own acknowledgement ...
We break the news (via two sources) that Dallas isn't the mystery team ...
And here we see Sanders' ticket to Houston ...
In between all of this came 1,000 other tweets claiming to have inside knowledge of how Sanders' trip to Texas is Mavs-related. It's not. Also claimed: Dallas "might'' be interested, "maybe,'' at "some time.'' As a card-carrying member of the "Never-Say-Never Club,'' the "mights'' and "maybes'' are true.
The Mavs have on many occasions flirted with the idea of pursuing Sanders, late of the Milwaukee Bucks. It was a discussion item inside the AAC a few years ago, sources told me then ... while at about the same time it Sanders was exhibiting troubling behavior that included an ugly December 2013 nightclub scene during which he sustained an injury that ruined a season that was supposed to reward the Bucks with the big money (a four-year $44 million extension in 2013) given him.
Later, in April 2014, Sanders was handed a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. Sanders again violated the NBA's drug policy during the 2014–15 season and was suspended. By February, he was making it clear he was no longer interested in basketball. Sanders and the Bucks parted ways when he obtained a buyout, to receive $1.9 million over the next seven years from the Bucks by virtue of the NBA's stretch provision, meaning that he'll end up getting $22 million of that original $44 million.

Since signing that contract, he's only played 60 games. There are the injuries (including the nightclub one.) There are the suspensions (and teams will want to be careful paying him in the future because the drug-program issue can come crashing down on all parties at any time).
And there are Sanders' own words, expressed very thoughtfully here:
The devotion to the game, Sanders said, "is not there for me. It's not that worth it."
This summer, post-DeAndre, the Mavs examined the idea of Sanders while they were also looking into fellow centers Sam Dalembert, JaVale McGee and Kevin Seraphin (Dallas eventually signed the first two). What they discovered in July?
"He doesn't want to play basketball anymore,'' a source close to Sanders' situation told then.
Again, this is one of those never-say-never deals because what Sanders has also said is, "if I get to a point where I feel I'm capable of playing basketball again, then I will.''  But this isn't a Mavs story. And this isn't a right-now story. In a sense -- even for a Dallas team starving for talent like his -- this isn't even a basketball story. ... not compared to all the issues Larry Sanders needs to address before he becomes fully employable.

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