Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (shoulder) made his preseason (and Raptors) debut Monday against the Golden State Warriors , scoring five points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and handing out two assists in 16 minutes.
Bennett sat out Sunday's exhibition opener after hyperextending his shoulder in a recent practice, but his return to the court Monday suggests the injury was never a major concern. Cut loose by the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this summer, Bennett will look to recoup value while playing for his hometown team, but in a best-case scenario, he looks destined for an end-of-the-bench role.
Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett is likely to miss Sunday's preseason opener against the Los Angeles Clippers , Eric Koreen of the National Post reports.
Bennett hyperextended his shoulder in practice and will probably take the night off to rest it. The injury doesn't seem like anything to serious, and the former first-overall pick should be good to go by the beginning of the regular season.
As anticipated, Bennett will head to the Raptors on a one-year deal. Bennett struggled to get meaningful minutes with the Timberwolves last season, so it's tough to see him making much of a name for himself in Toronto.
He finished the 2014-15 season playing in 57 games, while averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.8 assists over 16 minutes per game. Steer clear of Bennett in standard leagues until he proves himself otherwise.
It's important to note that nothing is set in stone at this time, but Stein notes that "barring some unexpected snag" the Raptors could bring Bennett in on a minimum deal, all the team can offer given its current cap situation. The native of Canada would not immediately step into a significant role unless he unexpectedly realizes his potential in a hurry.
Reports surfaced Monday night suggesting the two sides were working toward a buyout, and that has now been finalized, meaning Bennett will become a free agent.
The former No. 1 overall pick has now flamed out in both Cleveland and Minnesota, but considering his age (22) and relative upside, he figures to resurface with another franchise willing to take what is ultimately a fairly low-risk chance on him.
The 76ers and Trail Blazers are two teams whose names have already surfaced as potential suitors.
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