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24 Anthony Bennett PF
Height/Weight: 6-8/259 | Birthdate: 3/14/1993 | Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Team: Minnesota Timberwolves | College: Nevada-Las Vegas | NBA Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 18/3 | Average Draft Position: 126.87
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Kevin Love deal morphs into three-team trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The Cavaliers' acquisition of Kevin Love is set to go down Saturday, and Yahoo.com reports it will end up being a three-team deal.

The Timberwolves will receive Andrew Wiggins , Anthony Bennett and a lottery-protected first-round pick from the Cavaliers in exchange for Love, and are set to move one of those pieces to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

The Wolves will move the first-round pick -- a top-10 protected pick from Miami -- to the 76ers along with Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in exchange for Thaddeus Young, as first reported by the Minnesota Star-Tribune. 


Report: Wolves to swap Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Though the trade can't go official until August 23, the deal reportedly struck between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves will lead to another trade between Minnesota and the 76ers.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported early Friday that Minnesota, upon receiving Anthony Bennett from the Cavs as part of the Kevin Love trade, would then trade him for Thaddeus Young. The Timberwolves have been showing interest in Young since Love stated his desire to be traded.

Meanwhile, the 76ers want to move Young because he's entering his prime at age 26 and only has one additional year left on his contract. Acquiring Bennett would complete a core of young talent to develop over the coming years. Young was one of the most productive forwards in the league last year playing in Brett Brown's up-tempo offense, averaging 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Bennett, on the other hand, failed to make any impact what so ever but did show signs of growth during the Summer League. 


Anthony Bennett a bit more intriguing following trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) After a rookie season that can be charitably described as lost, a change of scenery is probably the best outcome Anthony Bennett could have hoped for this offseason. He got that Thursday, with the news that the long-awaited Kevin Love trade has landed him in Minnesota.

Last year's No. 1 overall pick luckily doesn't have to join the Cavaliers with the pressure of replacing Love as the face of the franchise -- this year's No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggin, will take that on. Bennett gets to join a Timberwolves team that can give him more consistent playing time than last year's Cavaliers afforded him, but which won't ask him to do more than he is capable.

Bennett might end up starting at power forward for the Wolves, though a bench role seems more likely at this point. He had a disastrous rookie season after entering the season out of shape, but appeared to be in better shape while playing with the Cavaliers during the Summer League in Las Vegas. He still shot the ball poorly in Vegas -- 42.6 percent from the field and just 4 of 16 from three-point range -- but Bennett looked much more capable during his time there.

Based on his rookie season, Bennett has a long way to go before he is contributing at a high level. However, Fantasy owners in deeper category-based leagues should consider taking a chance on the 21-year-old in the later rounds, because he will have the chance to earn a large role if he proves worthy. 


Report: Cavs, Wolves finalize Kevin Love deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The long-awaited deal to send Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has been agreed to, according to a Yahoo.com report Thursday.

Though the deal cannot be officially finalized until Aug. 23, the Timberwolves are expected to acquire the last two No. 1 overall picks in the deal, in the form of forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. They will also reportedly receive a 2015 first-round pick in the deal.

The report also indicates the Cavaliers have received a commitment from Love that he will opt out of his current contract next offseason and re-sign a five-year max contract worth $120 million. 


Anthony Bennett returns off bench in finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett was back in action after missing more than a month with a knee injury Wednesday, and played well in the team's final win over the Nets, 114-85.

Bennett was limited to 15 minutes off the bench but shot the ball well, scoring seven points on 3 of 6 shooting. He added seven rebounds and turned the ball over just once in the win.

Bennett's rookie season was an unqualified disaster, as he showed little more than brief flashes of competence in 52 appearances. The No. 1 overall pick struggled with injuries and conditioning, and finished averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, while shooting just 35.2 percent from the field and 24.5 percent from three-point range.  


Anthony Bennett, Carrick Felix available for finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Cavaliers will have two surprise faces available for Wednesday's season finale against the Nets, as forwards Anthony Bennett (knee) and Carrick Felix (knee) are both active following long absences.

Bennett, the team's No. 1 overall pick, has not played since early March, while Felix, a second-round pick, hasn't been seen in uniform since early January.


Anthony Bennett, Carrick Felix available for finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Cavaliers will have two surprise faces available for Wednesday's season finale against the Nets, as forwards Anthony Bennett (knee) and Carrick Felix (knee) are both active following long absences.

Bennett, the team's No. 1 overall pick, has not played since early March, while Felix, a second-round pick, hasn't been seen in uniform since early January.


Anthony Bennett's rookie season likely over


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett has not played in more than a month due to a left patellar tendon strain, and it looks like he may not get back on the floor this season. According to The News-Herald, Bennett has been unable to practice and is at risk of sitting out the team's final four games.

Bennett's rookie season has been a disaster, and he looks like he won't have a chance to redeem himself late. He is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 51 games, while shooting 35.2 percent from the field.


Anthony Bennett out three weeks with patellar tendon strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett underwent an MRI on Monday, which revealed a left patellar tendon strain, the team announced. He is expected to be sidelined at least three weeks with the injury.

Bennett has endured a difficult rookie season, averaging just 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per 51 contests.

Anthony Bennett gets hot late in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett got free reign in a blowout loss to the Spurs Tuesday, and put together one of his best games in weeks. Bennett scored 14 points in just 13 minutes of action, on 5 of 8 shooting. He made a pair of 3-pointers, and added one rebound, one assist and one steal in the 122-101 loss.

Bennett has shown flashes of better play over the last month, but is still struggling through his rookie season. The No. 1 overall pick is averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game through the first 39 minutes of his career. 


Anthony Bennett does little off the bench


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett, who missed his last game, returned to action Saturday night against the Grizzlies.

Bennett did little while on the floor, scoring just four points on 2 of 4 from the floor, missing his only attempt from downtown in the second quarter. He also chipped in with two rebounds while logging nine minutes off the bench in a 110-96 defeat.


Anthony Bennett will return vs. Memphis


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) The Plain Dealer reports that Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, who sat out his last game with a knee injury, will return Saturday night against the Grizzlies. Bennett has been a marginal contributor this season, averaging only 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds through 47 appearances.

Anthony Bennett sits out Friday with knee soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett was ruled out for Friday's game against the Jazz due to knee soreness. He will travel with the team to Memphis after the game, The News-Herald reports. Bennett is off to rough start in his first season in the league, averaging just 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.9 minutes over his first 41 games.

Anthony Bennett finally breaks out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett has struggled through a trying rookie season, but he is starting to show the skills that launched him to the top of this year's draft.

Bennett has been playing better in recent games, and put together the best game of his career Tuesday against the Kings. Bennett was unusually efficient from the field and recorded a pair of career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds.  He shot 6 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, though he was just 4 of 9 at the free-throw line in 30 minutes in the 109-99 win.

Bennett has struggled through one of the worst rookie seasons in recent memory, but is showing promise recently. He has scored in double figures in four of his last eight games, averaging 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in that span. 


Report: Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Fresh off a bad loss to a shorthanded Lakers team, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly fired general manager Chris Grant, according to Yahoo Sports. 

Grant was hired in 2010 and has taken serious heat for the dreadful rookie production of his 2013 No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett, who has averaged just 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game this season. 


Anthony Bennett records season-best performance Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett scored a season-high 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 3 shooting from three-point range, while playing a season-high 31 minutes in his team's 100-89 loss to the Pelicans Tuesday.

Bennett also matched a season high with eight rebounds while also kicking in one assist and one block in the loss. He had played a total of 15 minutes over the team's last nine games before getting into the thick of things Tuesday. Bennett has averaged just 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds over 33 games played.


Cavaliers considering D-League stint for Anthony Bennett


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Cavaliers rookie Anthony Bennett's struggles have continued unabated throughout his rookie season, and the team is looking for answers. Coach Mike Brown told reporters Tuesday he and general manager Christ Grant have discussed sending Bennett to the team's D-League affiliate in Canton to get him right, but are not prepared to make that decision yet.

Bennett is averaging just 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game on 26.9 percent shooting through his first 31 games, and has been unable to carve out a consistent rotation spot despite his status as the top overall pick in the draft.

Bennett has told reporters he would be receptive to a move to the D-League. His career has been mired by injuries and conditioning issues since the Cavaliers made him the surprise first pick in June's draft. 


Anthony Bennett sheds five pounds after flu-like symptoms


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett, who recently battled an illness, told The News-Herald that he lost five pounds and is now at 240 pounds.

"I was sneezing, coughing and a sore throat," Bennett said. "It was terrible."

Bennett scored seven points on 3 of 7 shooting on Monday. He has struggled to find playing time this season and has not logged more than 20 minutes in a game this season. He's only averaging only 2.4 points per game.


Anthony Bennett scores seven in return from illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett was able to play Monday against the Pistons, after missing two games with an illness.

He played 16 minutes in a 115-92 loss, most of them coming after the game was out of hand. He scored seven points on 3 of 7 shooting, with two rebounds and three turnovers.

Bennett's 3 of 7 showing from the field actually improved his shooting performance from the field. He is now up to 29.2 percent from the field through the first 21 games of his career. 


Anthony Bennett healthy enough to play Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett has overcome his illness and will be available Monday against the Pistons. Bennett had missed the previous two games with flu-like symptoms, but coach Mike Brown told NBA.com he plans to play the No. 1 overall pick right away.

"I don't know how many minutes he'll get, but we'll slide Anthony back into his role in the rotation," Brown said. "He's feeling better, though, so it's good for us to have him available."


Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett a no-go vs. Bulls


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2013) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters will not play in Saturday's game against the Bulls because of a tendinitis in his right wrist, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Rookie forward Anthony Bennett did not travel with the team and will also miss the game due to an illness.

Waiters and Bennett have both missed the last two games. Waiters has averaged 14.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting over 22 games while Bennett has been buried at the back end of the rotation and has averaged only 2.2 points per game.

Anthony Bennett out Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett will miss Friday's game against the Bucks due to illness.

Bennett has struggled to find playing time this season and has seen less than 10 minutes of action in each of the team's last six games. He has averaged 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds over 20 games while playing 10.0 minutes per game.


Anthony Bennett looks better Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett actually found his shot Friday, though he played just nine minutes off the bench in a 109-100 win over the Magic. Bennett scored just six points in the game, but he shot 3 of 5 from the field, just the second time in his career he has made more than half his field-goal attempts in a game.  

Bennett is still shooting just 26.6 percent from the field, and the No. 1 overall pick has yet to reach double-figures in his first 18 games. 


Anthony Bennett could earn starting SF role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Cavaliers power forward Anthony Bennett could be an option to start at small forward for the team, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Head coach Mike Brown has considered the idea of using Bennett at small forward, despite the team's public stance that Bennett would only play power forward this season.

The idea of starting Bennett at small forward was discussed before Friday's loss to the Celtics, and he was used at the position in the game, matching a season high with 20 minutes on the court.


Anthony Bennett limited to only eight minutes off the bench


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2013) Only day removed from a right shoulder sprain, Cavaliers rookie small forward Anthony Bennett was limited to only eight minutes of game action off the bench during Saturday's double-overtime win over the 76ers.

Bennett's struggles continued as he missed a 19-foot jumper in the third quarter for his only field goal attempt of the night. He was held scoreless with one rebounds in a 127-125 victory.

Bennett has only converted 1 of 21 field goal attempts this season. He is averaging less than a point and 2.6 rebounds per game through seven games.