The Anthony Bennett NBA comeback story is back on hold for now.
Bennett was waived by the Houston Rockets, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Wednesday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 9, 2019
Back in July, we shared that Bennett received an invitation to training camp with the Rockets on a non-guaranteed deal. Things obviously did not work out in Bennett’s favor.
The No. 1 pick in 2013 by the Cavaliers, Bennett has only played 151 career games in the NBA. His last stint came in the 2016-2017 season with the Brooklyn Nets, when he averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. Bennett has played the past four seasons in the G League.
Anthony Bennett is getting another shot at the NBA.
Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 NBA Draft, agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Rockets, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2019
The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen said that Bennett is being invited to the team’s training camp.
Rockets will invite Anthony Bennett, the first pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, to training camp, source said. Still working on details of the deal. Bennett has spent the past four seasons in the G League, most recently with Agua Caliente.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 13, 2019
Bennett has only played 151 career games in the NBA. His last stint came in the 2016-2017 season with the Brooklyn Nets, when he averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.
Just being invited to training camp on a non-guaranteed deal doesn’t mean a whole lot. The same happened with Bennett two years ago with the Suns, who ended up playing him just a few minutes in the preseason before waiving him. David Griffin has even admitted his mistake in drafting him.
Four years after taking Anthony Bennett with the top overall pick, former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin is admitting his L.
In a recent interview with Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Griffin, who was Cavs VP of basketball operations at the time and not yet their GM, nonetheless took responsbility for being the driving force behind their decision to draft Bennett.
“The issue with Anthony was, and we had no way of knowing it at the time, the kid had no desire to overcome adversity whatsoever,” said Griffin. “As soon as it was hard, he was out. His whole life, he rolled out of bed bigger, better, and more talented than everybody else. As soon as it was hard, it was over.
“And I was the one on campus at UNLV,” he added. “I’m the one who got sold the bill of goods and I bought it hook, line, and sinker. You f— up sometimes. But I feel bad [ex-Cavs GM] Chris [Grant] took it for that, because Chris was the one guy who wasn’t sure.”
Bennett was a disaster from the very start, and the Cavs gave up on him after his rookie season, trading him to Minnesota as a part of the Kevin Love deal. He would play for three NBA teams in the three seasons that followed, each one waiving him within a year. Now, Bennett is out of the league after putting up just 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 151 career games, and he may easily go down as the biggest NBA draft bust of all-time.
As for Griffin, he did still enjoy a run of success with the Cavs that culminated with a championship in 2016. But he is now out of a job, and Bennett probably represents one of a number of what-ifs from Griffin’s time in Cleveland.
The Anthony Bennett ship may have sailed for the last time.
The Brooklyn Nets announced on Monday that they have waived former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett.
Bennett signed a two-year deal with Brooklyn this past offseason but couldn’t even find meaningful playing time despite the utter lack of talent on the Nets roster and their league-worst 8-28 record on the year. He appeared in just 23 games for them this season, putting up averages of 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.
The Nets are now the fourth team to give up on Bennett since he was drafted with the top overall selection in 2013. He’s still only 23 years old but has never really shown himself to be capable of making a meaningful, NBA-level contribution (other than the memes). In all likelihood, Bennett is probably out of chances to flip the “bust” narrative and prove that he belongs in the league.
The floundering basketball dream of former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has just been tossed a life jacket.
According to a report by Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops on Sunday, Bennett, who has been playing for his native Canada in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, shares mutual interest with the Brooklyn Nets in a potential deal.
Sources: Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the Nets have mutual interest. He's played for Canada in FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 11, 2016
Bennett is still only 23 years old, but he’s quickly running out of time to fulfill his potential. He posted miserly averages last season of 1.5 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game in 4.4 minutes per game across 19 appearances for the Raptors, his third NBA team since being chosen with the top overall selection in 2013. Bennett was waived by Toronto in February and hasn’t played in the league since.
The UNLV product’s name has become virtually synonymous with the term “draft bust” but always seems to flash enough upside at the international level as a roll man/pick-and-pop big to keep NBA teams interested. For the Nets, who reportedly worked out Bennett in May and don’t have much to play for next season anyway, this might be Bennett’s last chance to prove he has a place in the Association.
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Former No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett is getting another shot to make it in the NBA.
Bennett, who played 19 games with the Toronto Raptors this season before being waived, will work out for the Brooklyn Nets this week, according to a report.
Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett is expected to be among the group of veteran FAs working out at the Nets' minicamp this week, per sources.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 24, 2016
Bennett is on his way to becoming one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history, but it sounds like he will be getting another chance to prove himself.
Bennett was selected No. 1 overall by the Cavs out of UNLV in 2013. He played just 52 games and averaged only 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game during his rookie season. He was promptly traded to Minnesota in the Kevin Love deal, and he did not fare much better there.
The Raptors had Bennett up and down from the D-League this season before waiving him in February. At last check we heard in April that there was a possibility of Bennett going to play for an Australian team.
Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett could be heading to play professionally in Australia next season.
Bennett, who last played for the Toronto Raptors’ D-League team, could join the Sydney Kings, according to a report that was passed along by Real GM. The team’s general manager, Jeff Van Groningen, is visiting Las Vegas during his current scouting trip in the U.S. Bennett played for UNLV before he was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.
If you made a list of NBA Draft busts, Bennett’s name would be near the top of it. After he was unable to carve out a role with the Cavs, the 23-year-old was sent to the Timberwolves as part of the Andrew Wiggins-Kevin Love deal. He lasted just one season in Minnesota before signing with the Raptors and being waived in February.
The most notable moment in Bennett’s NBA career came when he scored 19 points in a game a couple of years ago, which led to this hilarious photoshop. While he is still very young and was obviously drafted No. 1 overall for a reason, Bennett would really have to tear it up in Australia for another NBA team to consider giving him a shot.