Skip to main content

Reports: Timberwolves to buy out Anthony Bennett's contract

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly trying to buy out the contract of former top pick Anthony Bennett.

Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 NBA draft, was acquired by Minnesota last year in the Kevin Love trade, along with 2014's top pick Andrew Wiggins.

According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, Bennett's reps have been eager for a buyout to offer him a chance for more playing time elsewhere. The Wolves are hoping the buyout can save them some of the $6 million on Bennett's contract and allow them to get back down to 15 guaranteed contracts.

Bennett averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds a game in 57 games for the Wolves last year. He also shot just over 42 percent from the floor – all were improvements over his rookie season.

Bennett posted even better numbers while playing for Canada in the FIBA Americas tournament. While there he averaged 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and shot 64.7 percent from the floor.

According to the Star Tribune, the Wolves haven't been able to trade Bennett.

Some might say Minnesota is giving up on the 22-year-old, 6-foot-8 power forward too soon. But Pro Basketball Talk notes the Wolves are "stacked up front." Their rotation already includes 2015 No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng and Adriean Payne.

Bennett has shown some potential to become a serviceable player, but he has struggled with weight and injuries since Cleveland took him with the top pick in 2013.

If someone gives Bennett another shot, it will be his third team in as many NBA seasons.

Next Up

Payton Willis

Gophers' rally comes up short, lose to Iowa

The Gophers came back from a 23-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback.

pixabay-fire-truck-side-close

Firefighters respond to smoke-filled cabin to find man asleep inside

A wood stove was determined to be the cause of the smoke.

snow plow msp airport

MSP snowplow drivers reach contract agreement after threatening strike

Teamsters Local 320 reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission Saturday.

Kellen Moore

What you should know about the Vikings' head coach candidates

Seven candidates were revealed on Saturday morning.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_1119 (2)

What is the next Minnesota Vikings GM inheriting?

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Vikings' roster and situation

ambulance

Man dies after being 'punched in the head' during altercation in Duluth

A 46-year-old man is in custody and facing 1st-degree manslaughter charges.

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders says Zimmer, Spielman hadn't spoken 'in months'

Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.

police tape, crime scene

Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting

Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 7.48.35 AM

Man gets 10 years for fatal pawn shop fire during Minneapolis riots

The incident, which took place during riots in May 2020,  resulted in one man's death.

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Election officials dismiss conservative group's complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar

The group alleged that she used campaign funds on her future husband's consulting firm.

Related