Would the Bucks consider a swap of athletic big men by trading Larry Sanders for JaVale McGee? While I’m not sure either team would view this as a potential gain or as necessary, perhaps both would rather deal with a new problem instead of an old one.
McGee and Sanders seemingly have a lot in common, as both dealt with serious injuries last year that curbed their seasons before they even started. Both McGee and Sanders have displayed elite potential over the years, but McGee’s mistakes have been more of the goofy, harmless variety.
Trading Sanders to Denver would be interesting from a different perspective as well. Sanders has spoken out as a proponent of marijuana, as he explained to Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinal and to NBA.com:
It's something I feel strongly about, just to let you know something personal about me. I will deal with the consequences from it. It's a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I'm going to use it.
I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we've been deprived. You can't really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing.
The stigma is that it's illegal. I hate that. Once this becomes legal, this all will go away. But I understand for my work it's a banned substance. I will deal with the consequences and I apologize again to my fans for that.
Colorado is one of the few states where marijuana has been legalized, and so the NBA would seemingly have an interesting situation on their hands with one of the league’s most outspoken proponents playing in a city where it’s legal. Would there be a groundswell of support for Sanders? Would the drug testing get a little less random, if you catch my drift? It would be something to watch for sure.
But back to basketball. The only real benefit for Milwaukee here would be cutting a year off the money owed to Sanders by swapping for McGee, and Denver would have to justify it by thinking Sanders is capable of playing at a higher level than McGee, which is probably true based on what we've seen in the past.