With the NBA Regular Season tipping-off in October 27, the Atlantic Division team the Toronto Raptors have been diligently searching for a player to fill-up further the hole in their power forward position.
The Raptors are rumored to be interested in the heavily-built Anthony Bennett of the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a report from Yibada.
“The Minnesota Timberwolves have a log jam at the power forward slot and will likely look to move Bennett during this upcoming season,” the website gave details.
The 22-year-old Toronto native journeyed to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade which sent the once-UNLV standout to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with 2014 NBA 1st draft pick Anthony Wiggins.
Bennett has continuously struggled in his NBA tenure which has reduced his option as a trading asset despite topping the 2013 NBA rookie draft.
In his first year with Cleveland, Bennett only averaged 4.2 pts, 3.0 rebs, .2 blocks, .3 asts per game. His subpar performance continued in Minnesota dishing out 5.2 pts, 3.8 rebs, .5 rebs, .8 asts.
However, according to Raptors Rapture, five-year Patrick Patterson and newly-acquired Indiana Pacer Luis Scola can make better their assigned position.
“Patterson can stroke the ball well from deep but offers no long term upside. Meanwhile, Scola is a stable presence and an intelligent player, yet he doesn’t fit as a future piece for the Raptors,” the Raptor fansite observed.
Bennett is currently seizing the occasion as he is performed quite well in the recently concluded Pan-American Games as he represented Canada. Bennett aided his team which finished second as he averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds in five games. While in an exhibition game for the upcoming FIBA Americas Championship, Bennett again made his presence felt as he had 10 points and 13 boards.
NBA Skills Coach & Consultant Drew Hanlen even made a huge declaration on his Instagram page regarding the now revitalized Bennett,“I know a lot of y’all have given up on him, but trust me, [he] will make a big statement next season!”
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