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Larry Sanders remains suspended after 10 games

Al Jefferson, Larry Sanders

Charlotte Hornets’ Al Jefferson knocks the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


The Bucks just played their 11th game since Larry Sanders was suspended at least 10 games for violating the NBA’s drug rules, and he wasn’t active.

What gives?

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

the suspension will not end until he is in “full compliance” with his treatment program, a league spokesman confirmed Friday.

When Sanders is determined to be in full compliance, the team will be notified by the league and be able to publicize that, the spokesman said.

The league announced this condition when suspending Sanders, so it’s no surprise Sanders has not been reinstated.

Sanders is reportedly trying to stop using marijuana and continue his NBA career. There’s a sense this will be a long-term process.

How eager are the Bucks for his return? They’re playing well without him, and his suspension gives them an extra roster spot.

There’s no evidence Milwaukee has been anything less than fully supportive, but the league’s rules could put the team in an awkward position once Sanders nears compliance.