Minnesota is in the process of a contract buyout with former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett after finding no trade talkers, according to Yahoo Sports.
Could the Dallas Mavericks use Bennett, a 6-foot-8 forward who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in 2013?
“No,’’ a Mavs source tells DB.com. “We don’t have the roster room.’'
They also don’t harbor much appeal for Bennett, who was “overdrafted’’ (not his fault) and hasn’t developed in part because of weight and conditioning problems (his fault). Bennett might go down as another of the all-time draft bust stories and he’s certainly yet another lesson in Why You Don’t Tank.
The Cavaliers made the pick and only survived it because they were able to later include Bennett in their acquisition of Kevin Love.
Now Minnesota - with no Love but yet another highly-drafted player who can’t play — preps to unload him for nothing.
In Dallas, it’s not a money thing; Bennett has a $5.8 million salary for the 2015-16 season. (He can, if bought out, arrange for a different and more palatable salary.) It is a talent thing and it is a “no-room-at-the-inn’’ thing. Check out the full Mavs roster and the financial commitments and read more here ...
Somebody can claim him off waivers but it won’t be the Mavs, who have a full but not exactly star-studded camp roster … and still view all these bodies as having more promise, or being a better fit, or being a better value, than a former No. 1 overall pick who is still only 22 years old ... and yet no longer considered very "promising.''