HoopsHype Anthony Bennett rumors

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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Bennett's penchant for late-night pizza runs at UNLV, one of the factors contributing to his weight issues, were well known with other teams who had closely researched him. If Cleveland hadn't selected Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick, there was a strong chance that he would've dropped to the back end of the top 10 – or even further. Within hours of the draft, Bennett's agents were calling teams further back in the draft lottery, trying to secure a landing spot for him. Only the Cavs surprised everyone, selecting Bennett – who did have a season-best 19 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday night – with the first overall pick. Yahoo! Sports

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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

The Cavaliers, somewhat mysteriously, are not. Brown offered little specifics when asked about a D-League assignment, saying staying up with the Cavaliers will help Bennett "get to know the league." But rival executives believe there is another reason Bennett hasn't been sent down. Bennett would be the highest pick ever sent to the D-League, and there is widespread belief that the Cavaliers view a demotion as an admission of failure. SI.com

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

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