The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly interested in signing Canadian power forward Anthony Bennett to join their team next season.
Sources: Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the Nets have mutual interest. He's played for Canada in FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
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Anthony Bennett, first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, recently played for Team Canada and managed to enter the finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. However, the Canadian team fell shortly after they were defeated by Team France. Bennett averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds.
According to SB Nation, Anthony Bennett worked out for two days in Brooklyn Nets’ vet’s mini-camp in May and impressed the team. Despite being the number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Bennett was considered the biggest draft bust ever. In his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he failed to achieve the expectation for him and was traded together with Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love in the following year.
Unfortunately, the Minnesota Timberwolves were also disappointed with his performance and bought out his rookie contract at the end of the last season. His last team was the Toronto Raptors, who waived his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The embarrassing moments of Anthony Bennett’s career pushed him to improve his build. He has lost body fats and started building a firm physique. His agent, Mike George, believes that Bennett will get his contract this summer.
“One hundred percent, he’ll get a contract, that’s not a question,” said George.
Dave Smart, an assistant coach for Team Canada, said that Anthony Bennett should narrow his scope in the game. Bennett has improved his accuracy in the three-point range but prefers to play under the basket. Smart thought that this could be a distraction for the 6-foot-8 power forward.
“I love Anthony, but he’s got to find the right place,” said Smart. “The biggest problem is he can make the three. The more he hangs out there, the more it hurts his game. He’s so good around the basket.”
If the Brooklyn Nets are serious about signing him, it will be the best season for Anthony Bennett to remove his status as an NBA draft ‘bust’.
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