After disappointing stops in Cleveland and Minnesota, Anthony Bennett feels at home in Toronto, writes Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insiders. The third-year player, who was taken with the top pick in the 2013 draft, signed with the Raptors as a free agent over the summer after reaching a buyout agreement with the Wolves. He is hoping to make an impact after averaging 4.2 and 5.2 points per game in his first two NBA seasons. “He’s not worried about anything about himself and the success of the team,” said teammate Cory Joseph. “Everyone saw how well he did this summer with the Canadian team, and I feel like people are going to get a chance to see an athlete they don’t know yet.”
There’s more news from north of the border:
- With the deadline looming Monday, Terrence Ross is hoping he and the Raptors can work out an extension deal, tweets Josh Lewenburg of TSN Sports. “We’re working on it,” Ross said, “so we’ll see what happens.”
- Former Raptor Amir Johnson had discussions about staying in Toronto before signing with the Celtics in July, according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald. Johnson received a two-year, $24MM deal to come to Boston, with only the first season guaranteed. “They did talk to me, but they obviously chose a different route,” Johnson said of the Raptors. “I really had no idea with free agency what was going to happen. I just had no clue. But I like the situation I’m in now. It was just the best decision for me and my family, so that’s all that was in my head.”
- Free agent addition DeMarre Carroll is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Toronto, writes Eric Koreen of The National Post. The former Hawk signed a four-year, $58MM deal with the Raptors in July, becoming the team’s highest-paid player until Jonas Valanciunas‘ extension takes effect next season.