Anthony Bennett: ‘Former Cav’ Expected to Sign With Raptors

Anthony Bennett: Former Cav Expected to Sign With Raptors

Anthony Bennett has cleared waivers and is expected to sign early next week with the Toronto Raptors.

Confirming multiple reports that surfaced late Friday, team sources confirmed interest in Toronto’s Anthony Bennett, the former No. 1 overall draft pick who has been cut adrift by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The decision to pursue the free agent — who cleared waivers Friday after being bought out of the final year of his contract — represents no risk to the Raptors, who begin training camp Tuesday in Burnaby, B.C.

Toronto is prepared to offer Bennett a one-year contract for the league minimum — about $950,000 — after he reportedly got a $3.65-million buyout on the $5.8 million he was owed by Minnesota.

Bennett, a surprise No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013, could still decide to sign elsewhere, but Raptors officials are confident. The six-foot-eight forward struggled in his rookie season with the Cavaliers before being traded along with Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota for Kevin Love.

He stock continued to plummet with the Timberwolves, where he averaged just 5.2 points and 15 minutes over 57 games.

However, he did have a solid summer with the Canadian national team that finished third at the FIBA Americas championship after winning Pan Am Games gold.

However, finding a spot for Bennett with the Raptors may prove difficult unless he develops one consistent skill. He’s expected to have to beat out Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson, DeMarre Carroll and perhaps James Johnson for minutes at one of two forward positions.