Former first overall pick Anthony Bennett is still looking for the break he needs in order to prove that he is not a draft bust. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Brooklyn Nets are interested in signing Bennett to a contract this offseason.
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Bennett with the first overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, injuries and conditioning issues plagued his rookie season.
He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves the next season along with Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. But his time in Minnesota also did not go well since he was behind the rotation and suffered a couple of injuries.
Bennett was waived by the Timberwolves at the start of the 2015-16 NBA season before getting signed by his hometown team of Toronto Raptors. However, he was sent down the NBA D-League and was subsequently released in March.
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According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Nets have invited Bennett to participate in their minicamp this week. He is among a group of unnamed veteran NBA free agents to take part in the minicamp.
The 23-year-old forward has career averages of 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in three seasons in the NBA. Doug Smith of the Toronto Star noted in his report that Bennett’s issue is his confidence and passion for the game.
“NBA people worried about his true love for the game, his dedication to conditioning, his willingness to consistently put in the time necessary. Everyone likes Bennett. He is a nice, shy, polite young man who people want to see succeed, but they all grew increasingly frustrated with his inability to grasp what it really takes in the cut-throat world of the NBA,” Smith wrote.
On the other hand, the Nets are starting a new chapter with new head coach Kenny Atkinson. The team will have to start rebuilding without any draft picks but they have the salary cap and the market appeal to lure free agents this offseason.
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