HoopsHype Anthony Bennett rumors

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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

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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

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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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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

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