NBA Free Agency: Anthony Bennett joins Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Nets and Anthony Bennett have agreed to a two-year minimum deal on Thursday. Bennett, the former No. 1 pick of the NBA draft gets another opportunity to get his career on track.

The Nets were trying to add another power forward to their roster.  Brooklyn agreed to a two-year, minimum deal with the 23-year-old, according to Shams Charania of the Vertical.

Bennett requested a demotion to the D-league in December and his team Toronto Raptors waived the forward in February to make room for Jason Thompson. He now joins his fourth NBA team in his fourth season in the league. Bennett played only 19 games for Toronto.

Bennett featured as a starter for the Canadian national team in the Olympic Qualifier tournament.

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Why did Brooklyn Nets’ sign Anthony Bennett?

The Nets’ general manager Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson have a long rebuilding process ahead as they don’t have too many draft picks. They don’t have an established player in the front court, and needed to acquire a power forward. The franchise can afford to take a chance on a player who was once considered to be of high potential.

Brooklyn and the forward had a mutual interest in signing the deal, as reported by the Sports Rageous earlier. The Nets have added point guard Jeremy Lin this summer. They struck out with restricted free agents Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe.

Bennett had a disappointing NBA career since the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. He had stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Raptors after spending his rookie season with the Cavs.

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The Canadian native will have to fight with Trevor Booker, Chris McCullough and Luis Scola in Brooklyn for playing minutes. Bennett has been brought in to add depth behind forward McCullough.

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