Anthony Bennett and Minnesota Timberwolves are inching closer to a buy-out agreement. Bennett is looking to join a team that would provide him more playing minutes and become a free agent by clearing a waiver. The Toronto Raptors are eyeing to sign the tall forward once the buy-out agreement is reached. Bennett is a Toronto native.
In the recently concluded FIBA America championship, Bennett posted a decent performance for Canada,answering all questions over his form and fitness. The 22-year-old averaged 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this summer. His improved play has sparked interest among many teams. The Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers have also shown interest in the 6-foot-8 forward.
Bennett is the exact kind of low risk, high-reward player most of the teams covet. Minnesota Timberwolves have a number of big men in their roster, which prompts them to waive Bennett. But due to the salary cap issue, the Raptors would only be able to provide Bennett a league-minimum deal as offer.
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Bennett is still fighting to shrug off the stigma of being the No 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, which created a perception among the NBA fans that Bennett is a “bust.”
The 22-year-old tall forward is looking for a deal that would provide him ample playing minutes to prove that he isn’t a “bust.” The Toronto Raptors can bank on such youth’s fire-power.