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Is it strange to say the league's worst team last year has too much talent in the frontcourt? A little bit, but a healthy Larry Sanders alongside second-overall pick Jabari Parker makes things complicated.
The Bucks have a lot of money invested in their power forward and center positions, but the production might not be there. With Sanders and Zaza Pachulia at the 5, and with Parker, John Henson and Ersan Ilyasova duking it out for minutes at the 4, Milwaukee has a bit of a logjam.
While Parker can play the 3, you want to play the future of the franchise wherever he's best, and Parker grades out as more of a stretch 4 than anything else.
Point being, there are going to be sacrifices made here unless a trade goes down.
Here's what Gary Woelfel of the Journal Times wrote earlier this offseason:
Still another Bucks player who could be wearing a new uniform next season is beleaguered center Larry Sanders, who has been saddled by a spate of off-court issues.
Sanders will be entering the first of a fully-guaranteed four-year, $44 million contract next season, making him virtually untradeable.
However, some team may be enticed to take on Sanders’ issues and hefty contract if perhaps Ilyasova, Henson or Knight was part of a trade package.
Trading Sanders is a bit of a Catch-22. When he's healthy and performing, he's the elite rim protector Parker needs next to him. Basically, the Bucks shouldn't want to trade that version of Sanders. But when he's hurt or getting in trouble, Sanders is probably difficult to get fair value for.
Something will likely have to give here, and dealing Ilyasova probably makes the most sense. The talent should fit around Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo, not the other way around.