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Sixers, Blazers, Raptors Eye Anthony Bennett

3:49pm: The Cavaliers, Blazers, and Jazz will also pass on claiming Bennett, Wojnarowski relays (Twitter link).

FRIDAY, 3:40pm: The Sixers don’t intend on making a waiver claim on Bennett, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweets.

2:31pm: A “growing suspicion” around the league is that Bennett will end up with the Blazers, according to Marc Stein of (All Twitter links). Portland would like to sign him in free agency instead of claiming him off waivers, though given their deficit beneath the $63MM salary floor, absorbing Bennett’s full salary wouldn’t necessarily cost the Blazers extra money, Stein points out. A waiver claim would surely be Minnesota’s preference, too, since the team would be off the hook for any money to Bennett in that situation.

11:58am: The Sixers, just like the Blazers, plan to carefully study the possibility of claiming Bennett, Wojnarowski reports in a new full piece. Bennett’s camp would prefer that he hit free agency so that he can choose his next team, Wojnarowski adds.

TUESDAY, 11:21am: The Trail Blazers are expected to pursue No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett once he hits waivers following his Timberwolves buyout deal, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Bennett and the Wolves have agreed to the buyout, and the team will release him soon, Charania reported minutes ago. Portland has enough cap room to claim Bennett off waivers, but it’s not immediately clear if the Blazers plan to do so or prefer to chase him in free agency. The Sixers also have the cap room necessary to claim him, and the Cavaliers have a trade exception large enough to snag him off waivers, too, though it’s not clear if either of those teams have any such inclination. The Jazz can clear the requisite cap space if they cut some non-guaranteed money, but they are unlikely to have interest, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Monday.

Portland employs Canadian national team head coach Jay Triano as an assistant coach, as Charania alluded to and as former Nets executive Bobby Marks points out (Twitter link). The Raptors also have interest, as Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities has heard, though Toronto could only end up with him if he hits free agency first, and the Raptors would be limited to paying him the minimum salary, since they used up their cap space and spent their room exception on Bismack Biyombo.

The Blazers have only 13 fully guaranteed contracts, plus four more without full guarantees, as our roster count shows. They have a league-low of nearly $48MM in guaranteed money, so they would have no trouble fitting Bennett on the roster. The trick would be in finding playing time for him at power forward, where Portland has Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh, whose presence Jabari Young of Comcast SportsNet Northwest cited to Hoops Rumors when he suggested reasons why the team hasn’t signed Tristan Thompson to an offer sheet. The addition of Bennett, if it takes place, would ostensibly extinguish any hint that Portland would circle back to Thompson before the start of the season, though that’s just my speculation.

Toronto doesn’t have a clear-cut starter at power forward, seemingly Bennett’s best position, since the Raptors appear poised to take a small-ball approach with free agent signee DeMarre Carroll at the four, where the alternative would be starting Patrick Patterson. Still, the presence of Luis Scola and James Johnson would complicate Bennett’s chances at minutes.

The Sixers already have signed contracts or verbal deals with 20 players for camp, so they’d have to get out of one of them to add Bennett. Only 13 Sixers have fully guaranteed pacts, including Nerlens Noel, who was the front-runner to become the No. 1 pick in 2013 before an injury cleared the way for Bennett. Noel is the presumptive starter at the power forward position, though the rotation at the four is settled beyond him.

What do you think would be the best landing spot for Bennett? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.

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21 thoughts on “Sixers, Blazers, Raptors Eye Anthony Bennett

  1. Joseph

    I’d love to have Bennett! Portland lost big pieces, but they are signing lottery picks left and right!

    The league counts us out as always, but we have a young defensive minded athletic squad, all with something to prove to the league…

    Im very optimistic…


  2. TheOracle

    Needs to be on the pacers there biggest issue coming into the season is frontcourt, the blazers have no playoff hopes anymore and frank vogel can turn him into a defensive force

    • Glad i’m not the only one who sees that.

  3. Sorry Joseph but the Blazers suck lol

    • So does Bennett. That simple

  4. Jeff

    Blazers should focus on developing the Big Men then acquired in the off season, and not attempt to add another developing big to that rotation.

  5. Udvutc

    The wiz

  6. Celtics. Young team, solid coach. Room to develop

  7. TheOracle

    the celtics do not need more frontcourt, they have so many pf/c’s its ridiculous

  8. Josh Richter

    As a Magic fan, I would be excited to see Bennett land in Orlando. He’s got two Canadian teammates on the roster (Nicholson and Ejim). PF is the weakest and thinnest spot on the team, so he find some valuable minutes here. He would join a young, up and coming core with little pressure to excel immediately. And he makes Channing Frye expendable, giving the Magic a nice trade chip to deal later. Sign him Orlando!!!

  9. Rick

    Warriors would be an awesome landing spot for him losing David Lee.

  10. Erika Wooten

    I think he needs to go to either Toronto or LA Lakers where he’d get a legitimate opportunity to play about 20 minutes a game, thus enhancing his development. Those two teams would be best for him. Although several teams could use him, those two teams would definitely enhance HIS growth

    • David

      The Rapters say they were full at 4 spot. Yeah; with older players. The Lakers or Clippers would work. He could come of the bench with Smith..

  11. Lucas

    If he’d be content playing in a Blazers uniform, I’d love to see Anthony Bennett playing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

  12. Jjone

    Rip city snags him..

  13. Lorenzo

    I think Philly, the younger the team he joins is the better opportunity he has to play

  14. David

    I’m a Lakers fan but I think he would be a good pick up for the Lakers all the Clippers. You still young and has good athletic ability and he runs well.. He also has good hop’s..

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  16. Arthur Hill

    There are a lot of teams that could use Bennett, but he needs to go somewhere that offers stability, where he won’t be changing teams every year and he won’t be expected to live up to the aura of being a number one pick.

  17. BRoy07

    I don’t think there’s room or need for him on the Blazers. He’s not going to beat out Vonleh, Davis, Plumlee, Leonard, Kaman or even play that stretch 4 that Aminu can play better. He could battle with Cliff Alexander for that last roster spot. The only way I see Neil claiming him off waivers is to package him with one of the cheap and non-guaranteed contract players come trade deadline. But hey, maybe he balls out and shows he can be a solid addition to the team.

  18. Donzi

    Does anyone really care

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