No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett signs with Cavaliers

The No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett, has signed his guaranteed rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team who drafted him. Exact financial details have yet to be released.

The maximum for Bennett’s contract is four years, $22.8 million, says SI.com.

The Cavs surprised many by taking the UNLV-product with the first overall pick. It was considered almost a lock that they would take either Nerlens Noel or Alex Len, both centers. Instead, they took the 6’8″, 240-pound Bennett who will likely play at power forward for the Cavs. Bennett was the first-ever Canadian to be selected No. 1 overall in the history of the NBA, according to the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers have now signed all three of their draft picks from this year’s draft. Bennett, who averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds during his one year at UNLV, is joined by Russian product Sergey Karasev, and Carrick Felix from Arizona State.

This was the second time in the past three years that the Cavaliers have gotten the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. In 2011, the Cavs took All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick. Now Bennett joins a talented, young Cleveland squad that looks to continue to make strides towards the playoffs.

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