NBA rumors: Rockets release Anthony Bennett

Shams Charania: The Houston Rockets have waived former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.

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Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm the #Rockets have agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with forward @AnthonyBennett. He's a former #1-overall pick by Cleveland in 2013. Last played with the Nets in 2016-17. Was in the G League last two seasons.
In his final game at the Winter Showcase, Bennett struggled. He looked bothered by a couple of questionable calls. He left a pair of three-point shots well short, failing to even hit the rim. “That’s Anthony Bennett,” one Eastern Conference scout texted during the game. He’s undoubtedly flawed. NBA folks might wish he was a little taller or a little slimmer, hope he was a more consistent and versatile defender.
Adam Johnson: Anthony Bennett has signed a G League contract, league source tells @Adam Johnson his rights are held by Maine Red Claws.
Emiliano Carchia: Anthony Bennett has been offered to both Pallacanestro Reggiana and Virtus Bologna, a source told Sportando. Reggio is on the market for a big man while Virtus Bologna may hit the market if QVale's injury will sideline him for an extended period of time. A deal is unlikely
“I think the biggest thing is that it’s a great opportunity for the player, first and foremost,” Stevens said prior to the Celtics matchup with the Houston Rockets. “We all know that the G-League is being evaluated every day by every team’s scouts. So regardless for your organization or for the other 29, it’s a good thing for the player.”
Shams Charania: Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell The Vertical.
Emiliano Carchia: OFFICIAL: Anthony Bennett and Fenerbahce part ways pic.twitter.com/RSL2J19LvN
The club decided to assign Pero Antic back to the BSL roster, which has limited spots for non Turkish players. That made Bennett the odd man out after seven BSL games, during which he averaged 9 ppg and 6.4 rpg, playing 23 minutes per game. So far Bennett has also played in nine EuroLeague games, averaging 1,3 ppg and having very small contribution to the Turkish team, which will be the host of the EuroLeague Final Four.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Former No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett has signed with Euroleague power-club Fenerbahce, according to source.
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.
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.
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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
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.”
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.
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."
"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."
Anthony Bennett: There's No Place Like Home @raptors #WeTheNorth http://instagram.com/p/8JZoMbqVYk/
Jeff Goodman: Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is expected to clear waivers and sign with Toronto, source close to situation told ESPN.
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Of course, the Nets will have their excuses to lean on in the event they are eliminated by the Bucks. Irving’s ankle sprain was a dramatic game-changer in this series, and though Harden looked physically better in Game 6 than he did in Game 5, he still wasn’t half the force he was with two healthy legs. “It’s not even about rust,” Harden said. “It’s about being able to move. … I’m out there to do whatever it takes to win. I’ve got to be better on both sides of the ball, which I will be for Game 7.”
Not yet. Not at a championship level. And, honestly, probably not near a championship level. “This one … this is going to eat at me for a long time,” Mitchell said. “Even when I go to the grocery store, I’m going to be thinking about this.” The Utah Jazz were spectacular on Friday night. Spectacular in building a 75-50 lead. Spectacular in blowing almost all of that lead in less than 12 minutes and allowing a Los Angeles team missing Kawhi Leonard to make them look like one of the worst defensive groups on Earth.
“It was a tough night for us all the way around,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We called timeouts to adjust how we defended. We tried stunting defensively. We went zone. But we got into full rotations and help situations, and we gave up looks trying to protect the rim. It was just a tough night. We were trying to guard the ball, and we struggled to stay in front. When Rudy came over to protect the rim, Mann made shots. Everybody made shots. Seventy-four percent from 3-point range is an unusual number. But there were things we didn’t execute on.”