HoopsHype Anthony Bennett rumors

January 31, 2014 Updates

There would appear to be a simple solution to Bennett's playing-time problem: the D-League. An assignment to the NBDL would give Bennett the playing time he needs to get in shape and a chance to rebuild his confidence against lesser competition. Bennett is open to that option. "I heard it helped out Shabazz [Muhammad] real well," Bennett said, referring to the Timberwolves' rookie who was drafted 14th. "Any way to help, I'm with it." SI.com

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One positive Cavs on Tuesday was the performance by rookie Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick. He scored a season-high 15 points in 31 minutes. Grant has taken some heat for not sending Bennett to the D-League to work on his game, but it seems the team's patience could be paying off. "I think the priority should be here for him working with our coaches, being on the floor getting those experiences," Grant said. "Last night was great. He performed well and played well and you could tell he was ready for the opportunity." ESPN.com

General Manager Chris Grant said Bennett has been working especially hard, coming in early, staying late and even working on off days. Said Bennett, "I have real high expectations for myself. The season didn't really start out well for me, but I've just got to keep working. I have great teammates around me, a great coaching staff, so I've just got to be in the gym every day and keep working.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bennett said knowing ahead of time that minutes were available helped him to relax and just play instead of overthinking. Asked about that Monday practice, Bennett said, ''I just wanted to play hard. Since my shot's not falling, there's other things I can do. I can rebound, not just focus on my shot. That's one thing I'm working on right now … I made huge steps with my shooting -- putting more arc on my shot instead of shooting flat. I've just got to keep working in the gym. Hopefully things will turn around for me soon.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

Anthony Bennett reappeared in Mike Brown’s rotation and set a career-high with 15 points and tied his career-high with 8 rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes. Tyler Zeller, starting in place of Anderson Varejao, had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Dion Waiters had 21 points off the bench and Kyrie Irving had 23 points and 5 assists. Akron Beacon Journal

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Gary Payton to Anthony Bennett: "You came in overweight. You look fat. C'mon. Let's do it!" Even Payton stops short of calling Bennett the worst No. 1 pick ever, but things are not off to a good start. Sporting News

January 22, 2014 Updates

Rookie Anthony Bennett hasn't played in four games, but Brown still sounds as if he and GM Chris Grant are leaning toward keeping Bennett instead of sending him to the D-League to get in some work. "We have talked about it, but I haven’t gone real deep on it with Chris,'' Brown said. "There’s a lot of learning he can do here with the team, whether it’s home or away, whether it’s us game-planning for different teams, going to the practices throughout the course of this homestand, there are a lot of benefits he can get out of it. We’ve had discussions, but we’re not to the point where we’d send him.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 15, 2014 Updates

Even before he didn't play a minute in the Cavaliers 120-118 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, rookie Anthony Bennett was being asked whether he'd be interested in going down to play with the Cavs owned and operated NBA Development League franchise in Canton. "It's something I'd think about, for sure,'' Bennett said before Tuesday's game in Los Angeles. "It's not a bad thing, especially going down there, hopefully playing a lot, going out there, building my confidence.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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To this point, Bennett has resembled a tweener reminiscent of draft busts such as Michael Beasley, Tyrus Thomas, Jan Vesely, Derrick Williams and Marvin Williams. But none of those guys went No. 1 overall. “One of the toughest things to do in the NBA is transition from playing power forward to small forward, which Bennett and the Cavaliers are figuring out now,” an Eastern Conference scout said. In addition, one Eastern Conference executive painted a bleak picture of Bennett based on his team’s background check. “He was red flagged before the draft,” the executive said. SheridanHoops

Based on those statistics, the executive sees only one bold solution to help Bennett find his rhythm. “Eat your humble pie and send the kid to the D-League where he can play,” the executive said. No former No. 1 pick has ever been sent down to the D-League since its inception, and the Cavaliers are not expected to demote Bennett despite his struggles. SheridanHoops

January 8, 2014 Updates

Among the topics swirling around team executives gathered in Reno is why the Cavs elected not to assign Bennett to the D-League to get some confidence and experience. Their other first-round pick, Sergey Karasev (19th overall), has done several stints with the Cavs' D-League affiliate in Canton. "He's a young guy, but every day he gets a little bit better," said Cavs coach Mike Brown, believed to have been instrumental in the team's stunning decision to take Bennett with the No. 1 pick. "At times, you see glimpses of his potential." CBSSports.com

December 31, 2013 Updates

Cavs coach Mike Brown said Bennett is coping with the questions about his game. “He’s getting better (dealing with it),” he said. “It’s helped him become a stronger individual. At first, I think it bothered him. He wants to play better and prove to everybody he was worthy of where he was selected. “At first, I think it wore on him. Now, it does bother him, but he’s strong enough to fight through it.” News-Herald

Bennett, 20, said he’s trying to recapture the feeling he had at UNLV, where he was Big West Conference Player of the Year. “I’m trying to get back to my old days like I was in college,” he said. The 6-foot-8, 259-pound Bennett admits this whole process has taken longer than he thought it would. “It’s a tough league,” he said. “It’s not going to come right away. (My teammates) have been really supportive. They are always talking to me during games, before games and in practice. “I guess I’m on the right track.” News-Herald

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