The Minnesota Timberwolves is set to cut ties with former No. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett. With the front court comprising of Adreian Payne, Nemanja Bjelica, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Garnett, the Timberwolves is unsure about Bennett’s playing time in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves has already guaranteed 16 contracts this year and eventually had to cut down some, reported CBS sports. Unfortunately its Anthony Bennett, whose career has been wrecked with injury concerns lately.
After Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Anthony as number 1 in the 2013 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports took on the micro blogging site to confirm Timberwolves’ decision not to process the contract buyout with Anthony Bennett which makes him a free agent if he clears waivers.
ESPN sources cited that letting go of Anthony would give flexibility to their salary cap and add an extra roster spot.
The 22-year-old Canadian forward might make a disappointing exit out of the league after having just two seasons under his cap. Termed as “One of the all-time draft busts in league history” by Wojnarowski, who first confirmed the rumours, the writer seeks to acknowledge the fact that the Canadian prospect should be given more chances to prove his worth.
Bennett was part of the Kevin Love trade discussions that brought Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota last season, before facing lofty career expectations.
However, four teams –the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz — still have the salary cap to absorb Bennett’s $5.8 million contract and gives him 48 hours to clear all waivers before he becomes a free agent.
Bennett wants to explore his possibilities elsewhere and his representatives hope no team claim him on waivers which will give Bennett an opportunity to pick his own destination as a free agent. It is likely for Bennett to be claimed off waivers as he has already proved his worth as a potential forward.