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July 12, 2014 Updates

The game was already going to be a spectacle, with No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins going against the Bucks’ No. 2 pick Jabari Parker, and 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett returning to UNLV’s campus to make his Summer League debut after an injury held him out last year. Then another former No. 1 pick made a decision that changes the NBA’s entire power structure. “I didn’t really believe it at first, but then I checked my phone and it was blowing up,” Bennett said. “Everybody was saying you’re going to be playing with the King now.” Las Vegas Sun

The game even did its best to live up to the hype, with Wiggins and Parker leading their teams with 18 and 17 points, respectively, in Cleveland’s 70-68 victory. Bennett finished right behind Wiggins with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and seven rebounds with eight fouls. Conditioning was a big issue in Bennett’s disastrous rookie season. That’s been a focus for him this offseason, and he appears slimmed down from his last game as a Rebel. “It was a learning experience for me,” Bennett said of his first pro season. “I learned I’ve got to put in a lot more hard work, take care of my body and come prepared.” Las Vegas Sun

July 11, 2014 Updates
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The Cavaliers are expected to have one of the better teams entered in the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts on July 11. As expected, David Blatt will coach the team. The roster includes current Cavs players Anthony Bennett, Matthew Dellavedova, Carrick Felix, Sergey Karasev and Scotty Hopson. Also on the team are the Cavs’ two draft picks, Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 overall) and Virginia swingman Joe Harris (33rd overall). The Cavs will play three preliminary round games, all broadcast live on NBA TV, before being seeded in the summer league tournament. Morning Journal

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BTW I heard Anthony Bennett is finally in great shape. I still think he has a lot of potential. If he really works hard this summer he could still be a good pick for the Cavs. ESPN.com

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett had his tonsils and adenoids removed to help improve a sleep condition. Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, underwent successful tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, the team said. Bennett had a disappointing rookie season with the Cavs, averaging just 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 52 games. Boston Herald

May 13, 2014 Updates

Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, is recovering after having his tonsils and adenoids out at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, his second surgery in two summers. Bennett missed last year's NBA combine and summer league because of rotator-cuff surgery on his left shoulder, but the Cavs said he should be fully recovered in time to play in the summer league this year. After the rotator cuff surgery, the 6-foot-8 Bennett arrived in training camp out of shape and it took him awhile to catch up. He finished the season averaging 4.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 12.7 minutes in 52 games. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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But in nine games this month -- including six straight wins by his Cleveland Cavaliers heading into their game Friday -- the 6-foot-8 big man has averaged 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game on 44% shooting in 19.3 minutes per game. What has changed for Bennett? "I'm just more relaxed on the court, going out there not really thinking about too much, not thinking about the plays or who needs to get the ball where," Bennett said before the Cavaliers-Raptors game Friday. "I just need to go out there play my game, play hard, rebound and then things will start flowing." Toronto Sun

Thompson has taken on a bit of a big brother role with Bennett and is impressed with how he handled his tough start. "Every rookie goes through adversity. It's either not playing, playing in the D-League, playing inconsistent minutes," Thompson said. "For him, it was just his minutes were low and some games he wouldn't play, but that's part of the adversity. We just told him just keep working hard and stay ready, and then when your time comes -- once you get confidence and you start having rhythm -- stuff becomes easy." Toronto Sun

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