Bennett will likely sign with Fenerbahce of the Turkish League, Sportando.com reports. The former No. 1 overall pick will head to Istanbul after being waived by the Nets on Monday. The journeyman has traveled all across the NBA but may have finally exhausted his opportunities after posting a dismal 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the floor over his 23 appearances with the Nets. He'll now look to revitalize his career in the Turkish League at just 23 years old.
Bennett was waived by the Nets on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. While Bennett's status as a former No. 1 overall pick makes this a little more newsworthy, the decision to waive him doesn't come as much of a surprise. Bennett had fallen out of the rotation over the last few weeks and was averaging only 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the floor. The 23-year-old, who's spent time in Cleveland, Minnesota, Toronto and Brooklyn since being drafted in 2013, may have exhausted his NBA opportunities for the time being, and the D-League or a foreign league may be in his future.
Bennett (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 105-95 loss to the 76ers on Sunday. Bennett typically gets off the bench in blowouts, but though they dropped their sixth straight game Sunday, the Nets have remained somewhat competitive in most of those contests. As a result, Bennett has only made one appearance during that stretch, a three-minute stint against the Pacers on Jan. 5. Bennett, who is averaging 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game on the season, seems unlikely to gain entry into coach Kenny Atkinson's rotation while the frontcourt remains healthy.
Bennett is expected to move back to the bench for Monday's game against the Wizards, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. With Trevor Booker cleared to play after missing Saturday's loss to the Bucks while dealing with illness, he's expected to immediately reclaim his starting role at power forward. Bennett performed admirably in Booker's stead with seven points and a career-high 14 rebounds over 23 minutes, but he'll likely notice a steep drop off in his playing time now that the top option at the position is available. Bennett was averaging just 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game over his 11 appearances on the season prior to Saturday's outing.
Bennett scored seven points (3-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding a career-high 14 rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes during Saturday's 112-103 loss to the Bucks. He took full advantage of Trevor Booker's illness, falling just a three-pointer short of his first double-double since 2014-15. Bennett's only seen more than 20 minutes in a game three times so far this season, but with the Nets sitting at the bottom of the NBA in rebounding differential, Saturday's performance might be enough to earn him a more regular role in the frontcourt rotation.
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