A former 1st overall pick has sparked interest in the Raptors camp. Anthony Bennett was once a first overall pick of Cleveland Cavaliers. Bennett is readily available in the current market and could be traded for the right deal.
The Toronto Raptors are also eyeing to boost their power forward and center position. Bennett can fit in both roles, and the 22-year-old has the capability to lift himself as a thorough NBA professional.
In his recent outing with the Canadian Men’s National team this summer, Bennett starred in a new role, one that allowed him to toggle between center and power forward position, bringing out the best of him. This makes the Raptors’ management think seriously about Bennett.
Bennett’s average of 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds guided Canada to finish second in the recently concluded Pan Am Games. He once more impressed in a preparatory match for FIBA American Championship against Argentina adding 10 points and 13 rebounds.
“We’re a young team, we know we don’t have as much experience internationally as the other teams, so we’ve got to use our youth as an advantage,” said Cory Joseph.
Bennett has found confidence in 3-point shooting with well-conceived shot selections. He has been aggressive inside without settling for mid-range jumpers.
The Toronto raptors are still wanting in the power forward position that Patrick Patterson doesn’t offer long-term upside. Luis Scola is intelligent in front court, yet he doesn’t fit in as a future prospect for Raptors.
With a crowded power forward position, Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to release Bennett. He is easily available in the market with his sub-par NBA profile without exchange of any key assets.
These factors make Toronto Raptors consider roping in Bennett. Well, they haven’t made any moves yet, but likely to start their pursue very soon.