WEDNESDAY, 10:19am: Boston and Minnesota have discussed a deal that would send Bennett and the Nos. 31 and 36 picks to the Celtics for the 28th pick, a source tells Jake Fischer of SI Now (Twitter links).
MONDAY, 1:00pm: The Timberwolves are making Anthony Bennett available to trade suitors, sources tell Marc Stein of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The team’s frontcourt is apparently about to get that much more crowded with Minnesota reportedly having told forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns that he’s their choice for the No. 1 overall pick. Minnesota also spoke about trading Bennett at the trade deadline this past February, as Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reported then.
Bennett’s name came up earlier today in speculation regarding the Raptors and Greivis Vasquez, though it doesn’t appear as though there’s interest on Toronto’s part, even though the former No. 1 overall pick is a Canadian and GM Masai Ujiri has expressed enthusiasm for bringing Canadian players onto the roster. The 22-year-old Bennett is set to make nearly $5.804MM on his rookie scale contract this coming season, and an October 31st deadline looms for a decision on a team option for 2016/17 worth more than $7.318MM.
The Wolves have more than $56MM in guaranteed salary for next season, with a $4.753MM cap hold earmarked for the No. 1 overall pick, as well as a new deal with Kevin Garnett seemingly on the horizon. The team would have difficulty clearing cap space even if it trades Bennett for no guaranteed salary in return, so it would seem as though the Timberwolves would prioritize taking back players who can contribute on the roster over assets that would provide cap flexibility, though that’s just my speculation.