Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, let go by hometown team Toronto Raptors to make room for a new signee for the stretch run.
Former number one overall pick Anthony Bennett gets let go by his third team in as many season, as hometown team Toronto Raptors decided to part ways with the 22-year old big man entering the final stretch of the 2015-16 NBA season.
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports The Vertical, Bennett’s removal from the Toronto Raptors roster was part of a bigger move to supplant the Cleveland Cavaliers for the homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs:
The Toronto Raptors are waiving forward Anthony Bennett to sign veteran Jason Thompson for the season, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 29, 2016
The move to sign Jason Thompson came just a day before teams are set to finalize their playoff rosters. Thompson was a backup big man for the Golden State Warriors before being released to make way for ex-Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao.
Anthony Bennett averaged a paltry 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games this season. He also played four times for D-League team Raptors 905 through the course of his stay in Toronto.
Teams that may be interested in the services of Bennett include the Phoenix Suns, which is in need of younger inside talent to complement the aging Tyson Chandler after losing brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris this season.
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