First, I'm just going to say that I'm done with Larry Sanders. I loved him when he broke out last season. I was fine with forgiving his transgressions and injuries this season and hit reset for next year. But now, after finding out that he failed three consecutive drug tests, resulting in a 5 game suspension to begin next season (and has no remorse, which is evident in his comments), I am completely done with him.
I want him out of Milwaukee before he can infect Giannis, who for some reason looks up to him. I want him out before he can infect our top of the lottery rookie. I want him out before he can do further damage to Henson, although that may be a lost cause too.
The problem is, I don't have any idea who would want him. He has proven to be more headache than he is worth, especially at 11 million a year, which kicks in for the coming season. But, I hope we shop him until we find a taker, no matter what they are giving us. At this point, I think getting him off the team is priority #1.
DRAFT TIME: I think we now go for the guy with the biggest upside, who, if healthy, can be a beast on both ends of the court. That guy is Joel Embiid.
Without Larry on the roster, there is nothing blocking Joel from being our starting center, which he should be. I like the international combination of Giannis and Joel, who both seem like great kids and would be true franchise pieces for our young terrible team. With Knight looking like he MAY be our PG of the future, we would have a solid 1-3-5 of franchise young guys. That is exciting.
Unlike other considerations at #1, such as Wiggins and Parker, Embiid has shown both offense and defense in his short college career. Wiggins looks like offense may be a struggle, while Parker looks like he's allergic to defense, but Embiid can do them both. That is what I want in a #1 pick....the only drawback, without Larry, would be injury concerns. However, if our medical team thinks that his current issues will not be ongoing, I think he is worth the risk. Any time you can get a two-way, 20 year old franchise center, he is worth the risk.