Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports details on the trade that has sent Anthony Bennett to the Timberwolves:
While most of this summer's trade speculation involving the Cleveland Cavaliers involves Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has been drawing buzz of his own.
In fact, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Bennett will play a key role in the proposed deal that will send Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland when Wiggins is eligible to be traded on August 23.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
It's important to note that just because the parameters of a trade have been agreed to, Wojnarowski writes that the teams wouldn't "have recourse if the other decided to pull out of the arrangement before it can be formally completed this month."
Bennett was the butt of many jokes during his disappointing rookie season. The 21-year-old averaged just 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 35.6 percent from the floor in 52 games for the Cavaliers.
However, he did get better as the season went on, shooting 46 percent from the field in the last three months and averaging 6.7 points per game. That momentum carried over to the summer league, where Bennett was drawing rave reviews from writers like James Herbert of CBSSports.com:
Summer league success never guarantees anything. Sometimes it's meaningless or even downright misleading. With Bennett, though, this was something he needed. For himself, for the organization, for the UNLV fans in the stands and the people watching in Cleveland and Canada.
Even though Bennett still has to prove himself on the court in real NBA games, this summer was a huge step in the right direction and likely a big reason why the Timberwolves would be willing to take him in a package for their best player.
Now, assuming the deal does happen, Bennett can get a fresh start in a new city where there won't be sky-high expectations. Eventually he will have to play in big games to show his stuff, but at his age and coming off a disastrous debut season, all that matters is continuing to develop as an NBA small forward.
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