The Toronto Raptors are set to waive Anthony Bennett and will will sign Jason Thompson to boost their roster. Is Bennett’s career in trouble?
The Raptors signed Bennett last offseason from the Minnesota Timberwolves, as reported by the Real GM. The Wolves also waived Bennett. It wasn’t long ago when he was once considered as a “star in the making” in the NBA circuit, but his performance has declined in the past three seasons. Bennett will now be looking to sign for a third team in four seasons. It’s hard to imagine that he was the No 1 pick in the NBA draft for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013. On Monday, the Raptors decided to waive the 22-year-old, who was on a league minimum contract, for journeyman Jason Thompson.
Bennett, who hails from Toronto, may yet get another chance to redeem his career in his home-team. He is clearly still struggling to find his form and grasp the high standards of the game, which is required to succeed in today’s world of cut-throat, competitive NBA. He was able to play in a total of only 19 games, averaging only around five minutes per game, according to the Toronto Star. The six-foot-eight forward failed to transform himself to a power-forward or gain maturity to play at the perimeter.
Jason Thompson, on the other hand, has played a total of 28 games this season for the Golden State Warriors. He averaged around six minutes per game. The Warriors waived the 29-year-old to make room for Anderson Varejao last week. The Raptors added Thompson to their roster, keeping the playoffs in mind and is likely thinking of reinforcing their frontcourt roster. Thought the player is unlikely to be in the Raptor spotlight, the reserved veteran is a better fit as Bennett clearly needs to find his drive in another team yet again.