According to league sources, the 2013 NBA #1 draft pick, Anthony Bennett, and the Minnesota Timberwolves have come to an agreement on a contract buyout.
There has been early interest from the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and the Portland Traillazers (other teams are expected to show their interest), but Bennett is hoping to clear waivers in the next 48 hours to become an unrestricted free agent. If he clears waivers, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team of his choosing that offers him a new deal.
(If Bennett clears waivers, the Timberwolves are still responsible for the balance of his buyout agreement, while still getting any deal from any team willing to sign him. Not too bad for one of the leagues biggest busts.)
Too much talent and not enough room on a crowded Minnesota roster has Bennett wanting other options. The Cleveland Cavaliers originally took him with the first selection of the 2013 draft, and he quickly produced one of the worst rookie seasons ever. Bennett will go down as potentially one of the biggest busts in NBA history.
With weight/injury issues and just simply not being skilled enough, Anthony Bennett will never live up to the #1 draft pick hype. Bennett will be playing for his third team in three seasons for the 2015 season (if he gets signed). It isn’t a coincidence that he is seeing no play time and will be moving on yet to another team.
It is thought that Portland is the front runner. Bennett played his best basketball as a pro for Jay Triano and David Vanterpool (Portland coaches). And to no surprise, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey will lean on his staff for any thoughts on acquiring Bennett. Portland is still $13 million below the minimum salary threshold, which could factor into a possible decision to claim Bennett. If not Portland, then who??? Undoubtedly someone will take a chance on Bennett, but after Cleveland making him the #1 pick of the 2013 draft, nothing will surprise us when he finally signs a contract. Not who, not when and not for how much.