Report: Bennett, Wolves agree to buyout

From NBA.com staff reports

Roughly one year ago, the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up Anthony Bennett from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a mega-trade that netted them eventual Kia Rookie of the Year winner Andrew Wiggins for All-Star Kevin Love.

After a rough rookie season in Cleveland (4.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 35.6 FG pct in 52 games.), Bennett performed only slightly better in his sophomore NBA campaign (5.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 42.1 pct in 57 games). In short, Bennett’s days with the Timberwolves were not a success and, as was first reported yesterday by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the team was looking to buy him out of his deal.

Well, that has come to pass, as Yahoo Sports Shams Charania reports via Twitter that the team and Bennett have reached an agreement on a buyout (and that the Portland Trail Blazers are an expected suitor for him):

Here’s more from Wojnarowski and Charania:

Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, has reached agreement on a contract buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Bennett has to clear waivers in the next 48 hours to become an unrestricted free agent. Four teams have the salary cap space or the trade exception necessary to absorb Bennett’s $5.8 million contract: the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz.

Utah would need to waive a partially guaranteed contract to clear an additional $600,000 needed to claim Bennett. The Jazz have $5.2 million in salary cap space now.

His representatives are hopeful that no team claims him on waivers and that he will have the opportunity to pick his next destination as a free agent. Philadelphia and Portland plan to look carefully at the possibility of claiming Bennett, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Bennett played his best basketball as a pro for two Blazers coaches – Jay Triano and David Vanterpool – this summer on the Canadian national team, and undoubtedly Blazers general manager Neil Olshey will lean on his staff for intel on Bennett. Portland is still $13 million below the minimum salary threshold, which could factor into a possible decision to claim Bennett.

 

16 Comments

  1. JayPee says:

    Portland is no longer content at drafting their own busts, now they are taking on the draft busts of the rest of the league.. Nice guys! They haven’t been relevant since Clyde the Glyde

  2. harriethehawk says:

    This is a sad story.

  3. ROCKETS says:

    HOUSTON WE NEED BENNET

  4. mc says:

    he’s headed to the NBA’s biggest draft busts list.

  5. philestena McLeod says:

    Hopefully Anthony Bennett will head to Portland with Jay

  6. Vexum says:

    hope he can fight the odds and show what he can do

  7. Mark from Bayarea says:

    Kwame was better than this guy.
    Kwame had height. AB has nothing.

  8. Jazzman_Hizonfire says:

    Jazz might get Bennett. Off the bench as Jazz front court is loaded now.

  9. kenjah says:

    Raptors need to pull him in, home town kid could turn out to be a story to tell later how everyone past on him and 5 years down he is getting max… life never count anyone out!

  10. OKC says:

    Lol i remember being shocked when Cavs took him #1. Hope he gets it going and finds a niche in the NBA.

  11. joel tomeing says:

    McDonald’s always hiring

  12. BGlads says:

    Toronto doesn’t have room for him at the moment, but I’m sure he’d be successful here. He looked almost as good as Wiggins in the FIBA Americas (except for the last two games when he was sick), and he rebounds better.

    • lbj says:

      Unfortunately, he looked almost as good as Wiggins because it’s the FIBA Americas, not the NBA.

      In the NBA, he’s to short as a PF, too slow to be a SF, too bad a shooter to be anything at all. At least he’s useful to the Canadian team.

  13. michael says:

    he might be able to sell popcorn at the raptors games

  14. michael says:

    One of the all-time worst number 1 picks ever…kwame brown anyone?

  15. verkleyalex says:

    What about Toronto? They have a need at PF and SF and he’d be able to come home and fill two needs for them.