The Suns are a “possible” suitor for Anthony Bennett should he clear waivers from the Raptors, sources told Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports. Of course, any team is a possibility for Bennett, but this suggests that Phoenix has interest in him. Toronto is waiving Bennett to make room for Jason Thompson, Charania reported within the hour. The Suns have an open roster spot following the release of Kris Humphries, who had been starting at power forward for Phoenix in the brief time between the trade that brought him in from the Wizards and the apparent buyout deal that’s put him in line to sign with the Hawks.
Phoenix could claim Bennett off waivers, just as the team did with John Jenkins last week, but the sides could instead work out an arrangement that carries beyond the end of this season if he clears waivers. Bennett’s existing contract is up at season’s end. The Suns are 14 games out of a playoff spot and have little motivation to make moves with only the short term in mind.
Less than three years removed from having been the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, Bennett has seen just 84 minutes in the NBA so far this season, compared to 107 while on four separate D-League assignments from the Raptors. His next NBA team will be his fourth, since the Cavaliers traded him to the Timberwolves in the Kevin Love deal and he worked a buyout with Minnesota in September before signing a minimum salary contract with Toronto.
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