Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn has waived former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett.
Marc Stein: The Brooklyn Nets are signing Quincy Acy to replace Anthony Bennett, according to league sources
Anthony Bennett and the Nets are hoping that this time it will be different. That, perhaps, the former No. 1 pick can finally find his footing in Brooklyn. Bennett signed with the Nets on Thursday, as Brooklyn filled out its roster at 15 players. “I feel like it is a great fit for me,” Bennett said. “Starting fresh, starting young, bringing a lot of people in. I feel like I can be one of those key pieces.”
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent forward Anthony Bennett. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. "We have been excited to watch Anthony's progress this summer with his national team, and look forward to the opportunity of having Kenny and his staff work with him to continue his development,” said Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks.
The Brooklyn Nets are taking a flyer on former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. The two sides reached an agreement on a two-year contract that will be worth the veteran's minimum, sources confirmed Thursday.
The Nets worked out Bennett, who has gotten into much better shape, at a veteran mini-camp early in the offseason and came away impressed. Bennett was a member of the Canadian national team that lost to France in the finals of the recent Olympic qualifying tournament in the Philippines. Bennett averaged 6.8 points and 5 rebounds in four games.
Shams Charania: Free agent Anthony Bennett has reached agreement on a two-year minimum deal with Brooklyn, sources tell The Vertical. First year guarantee.
Michael Scotto: Brooklyn Nets and Anthony Bennett have agreed to a 2-year deal, per league sources. Year Two of the deal is partially guaranteed, I'm told.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and the Brooklyn Nets are nearing an agreement. Talks are in advanced stages at this time
Michael Scotto: Sources: Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the Nets have mutual interest. He's played for Canada in FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Alex Kennedy: To put it in 1 tweet: Anthony Bennett, Royce White, Arnett Moultrie, Pierre Jackson, Ognjen Kuzmić are among players working out for Knicks.
Alex Kennedy: The Brooklyn Nets worked out former No.1 pick Anthony Bennett at a recent free agent mini-camp. He was part of a large group workout.
Adam Zagoria: Former overall No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett is at Nets free agent mini-camp, source confirms to @SNYtv. Chinese food hater @Ian Begley had 1st
Ian Begley: Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett is expected to be among the group of veteran FAs working out at the Nets' minicamp this week, per sources.
It came as little surprise that team sources say Anthony Bennett, perhaps knowing his career was hanging in the balance, sought advice from Luis Scola a couple of weeks ago. Scola dispenses wisdom. “I try to tell young guys all the time, what you want, somebody has,” he said. “It’s not there for you to take, it’s not empty, it’s not vacant. Somebody has it and somebody is protecting it. You have to think about it like somebody holding it physically grabbing it and holding it and you’ve got to go and take it from his hands.”
There is undoubtedly considerable frustration among those close to Anthony Bennett. Ujiri talked when signing him that there was a long runway in Toronto and in his mind he was no longer a failed No. 1 pick but a talented young player looking to develop as a professional. In the eyes of the Bennett camp he was never given the opportunity to develop and that Casey couldn’t find it in himself to trust young players. But Bennett needs to examine where he fell short too and put into context how difficult earning a spot in an NBA rotation actually is once the security blanket of a guaranteed contract is removed.
The other young players at the end of the Raptors’ rotation have similarly struggled for playing time, but share one common thread: They have attacked assignments to the franchise’s D-League team, Raptors 905, with vigour, universally putting up the kind of numbers that stand as proof that they’ve been working to stay fit, ready and improve their games. Bennett? He didn’t volunteer to take the drive to Mississauga until Dec. 20, after playing just five minutes in the Raptors’ previous 19 games. Overall he shot just 33.9 per cent from the floor in six D-League games and twice left a game early with a sore back.
Bennett wasn’t available for an interview – “Now is not a good time,” his agent replied when asked – and Ujiri feels like he failed.
Josh Lewenberg: Masai Ujiri said Anthony Bennett was put in a tough situation with little PT avail on winning team, took responsibility, hopes he gets another opportunity. Masai: "It's not anything (Bennett) did wrong and I probably put him in a tough situation. I feel he needs to be somewhere he can play."
The Phoenix Suns are a possible suitor for Bennett once he clears waivers, sources said.
Shams Charania: The Toronto Raptors are waiving forward Anthony Bennett to sign veteran Jason Thompson for the season, league sources tell The Vertical.
"All that stuff is behind him," Casey insisted. "He's got a clean slate. The financial part of it is not involved right now. It's an incentive for him now to play to get that next contract or whatever. But again, playing basketball, just forget everything else, clean slate, start from scratch and go from there."
Shams Charania: After physical exam today, Anthony Bennett has signed a one-year veteran minimum deal with the Toronto Raptors, league source tells Yahoo.
Marc Stein: Barring some unexpected snag, Toronto is well-placed to sign Anthony Bennett to one-year minimum deal -- all it can offer -- early next week
Jeff Goodman: Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is expected to clear waivers and sign with Toronto, source close to situation told ESPN.
December 7, 2021 | 8:26 pm EST Update
Upon further examination, a CT scan revealed that Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has a pneumothorax (right lung), the team announced today. McCollum sustained the injury during the 4th quarter of Portland’s game versus Boston on December 4. He will be further evaluated before a prognosis is determined and his status will be updated accordingly.
Casey Holdahl: In more injury news, Anfernee Simons (right ankle), Ben McLemore (left hip), Nassir Little (left ankle) and Cody Zeller (right quad) are questionable while CJ McCollum (right pneumothorax) and Damian Lillard (abdominal tendinopathy) are out for Wednesday’s game vs. Golden State.
Jason Anderson: The Kings are listing Harrison Barnes (foot) and Maurice Harkless (knee) as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic. Neemias Queta (G League), Jahmi’us Ramsey (G League) and Robert Woodard II (G League) are out.
Mark Medina: Clippers list Nicolas Batum as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs Celtics. He’s cleared NBA health and safety protocols, but status uncertain amid conditioning concerns
Jovan Buha: When asked about his job security, Frank Vogel said he’s not worried and that he believes he has management’s support. He said he hasn’t spoken to Rob Pelinka about how the Lakers’ 12-12 affects his job status.