Report: Warriors decided not to sign Larry Sanders
Golden State still doesn't have a proven backup center
The Golden State Warriors looked into signing free-agent center Larry Sanders, but decided against it, according to ESPN's Ethan Sherwood Strauss. Sanders walked away from the NBA in February 2015, accepting a buyout from the Milwaukee Bucks, and later explained he was dealing with anxiety and depression. Sanders has since said he wants to return to the league eventually, and he teased Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers fans on Twitter a few days ago.
I know where ever I decide to go, we gettin a ring...— L8 Show (@LarrySanders) July 10, 2016
Basketball wise, Sanders and the Warriors seemed like a perfect match. They signed his former Bucks teammate, Zaza Pachulia, but their only backup center is rookie Damian Jones. Sanders was one of the best shot blockers in the NBA, and Golden State is in need of that skill. If he is serious about making a comeback and wants to compete for a championship, it is hard to imagine a better situation for him.
During a recent summer league broadcast, ESPN analyst Tom Penn said that Warriors advisor Jerry West had told him they weren't done making moves and would be adding another good player soon. There was immediately speculation that he was talking about Sanders. If West was referring to somebody else, it's extremely difficult to figure out -- Golden State's biggest weakness is obviously rim protection, and there just isn't anyone left in free agency who is great at that.
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