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It’s Anthony Bennett’s turn to dodge questions about Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins trade

Aug 18, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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By the start of next week, Anthony Bennett will almost certainly be a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of a three-team trade going down this weekend that will land Kevin Love next to LeBron James in Cleveland, Bennett will wind up next to Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel in Philly.

The few times Andrew Wiggins has been asked about the pending trade he has handled it as well as you could ask a 19-year-old rookie to, saying he just wants to play and he understands the NBA is a business. Would he like to have played next to LeBron? Of course. But life takes its own path sometimes.

Now it was Anthony Bennett’s turn.

He was in Canada working out for a Team Americas tournament and said all the right things when asked about the trade by Gregory Strong of the Toronto Star.

“I’m just a young man that’s ready to work,” he said. “Wherever I end up, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to play basketball.”

It’s the only think he can say.

Bennett had a rough rookie season where he played as poorly as any No. 1 pick in history. Make no mistake, it was as ugly as his shot. However he showed up to Summer League in Las Vegas this year in shape and healthy, and with that came a much better performance. He looked like an NBA player, defending and hitting the boards hard. He looked like a rotation big on an NBA team, a guy you could play 15 minutes a night, which is a big step forward for him. In Philly Bennett could get a lot of run and have the chance to show some of that potential — he’s never going to live up to the No. 1 pick hype, but he can stick around in the NBA for a while.

After that up and down rookie year, does Bennett have any advice for Wiggins? The two have talked Bennett, said.

“Pretty much I just told him to work hard,” he said. “Just try not to listen to everybody. You can have one bad game, you can have one real good game. But you know, it’s just a long season full of ups and downs.”

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

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  2. saint1997 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    76ers now have Saric, Bennett, Embiid and Noël…if that’s not asset collection purely for the sake of asset collection I don’t know what is, but Philly will be swinging some trades soon for sure

  3. djshnooks - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I thing you made a mistake.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    I understand the media has to ask questions as part of their jobs, but I don’t see the point in asking Wiggins and Bennett these questions.

    Almost seems like they’re picking on them. Those guys have no control over the process, and they’ll do the best they can wherever they end up. There’s nothing to be gained from asking them questions now because they have to pretend they know nothing about the Kevin Love trade that we all know is inevitable.

    It’s almost like the media is just trying to goad them into saying something politically incorrect, just so the media can pounce and criticize them for going off script.

    • clevelandrox - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      lol, welcome to america…

  5. paoconno - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    No guarantee he goes to Philly. Sounds like as of now the Sixers are asking for too much for Young, so Minny may just hold onto Bennett to see if he can live up to the hype.

    • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      I don’t think Anthony Bennett is too much for Young at all. Even if you throw in a draft choice. Bennett played like a mid to late first round pick in the Summer League, but was D-League quality last year. Minnesota would probably want a more sure thing in Thad.

      • flogic5 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        With Thad’s contract it is too much to ask for Bennet. Unless they take on one of the Wolves bulkier contracts like JJ or Martin it is not worth it.

  6. seasickcecil - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Rumor is the Cavs asked Bennett to play on both sides of the ball in his rookie year. He asked them if a ball can have sides.

  7. cranespy - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    All the talk about Lebron, the letter and Going Home…..rings hollow when in reality…..LBJ is doing exactly what he did when he left the Cavs in the first place….chasing titles,,,go back and read the letter and then compare his words to what he has done since. I am a huge Nate, Campy, Foots, Bingo, Lenny, Fitch, Pete Franklin and 1100 Cleveland 3WE Radio…CAVS fan and what he has done is precisely what he did before. Only this time he is beloved by Cleveland fans….he put US first….how do we know? We read it in the letter….his patience will be tested, it won’t happen soon…it may take years to win a title in Cleveland. Yeah right….tell that to Wiggins and Bennett who wore those CAVS uniforms with pride in the summer league… hell with the two of them…I want to win NOW…this isn’t about the fans or the team….it’s about ME, MY LEGACY…..I WANT TITLES WHEREVER I CAN GET THEM….and I want them NOW. Cmon Cleveland, he screwed you again except this time you enjoyed it,

    • TheJStyles - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      How does trading two guys who haven’t done anything in the NBA, and a low draft pick, for a Top 15 player screw us?

  8. skinzfan21 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    That letter was a bunch of bull……..I love Bron as a player, and even more as a human being. With that said he runs from adversity. He did it in 2010, he’s doing it again now. For anyone to think he sat in that meeting with Cleveland and asked to keep the team “as is” only for them to do the complete opposite by signing a bunch of aging vets is kidding themselves. What happened to grooming the young guys? Getting back to blue collar hard work? Not promising a championship? I mean come on, he called Dion Waiters who most thought would be traded last year, but didn’t have the time to contact the #1 draft pick, who just so happens to be the most hyped wing player since Lebron James himself.

    Bron seen Cleveland for what any person w/ a decent basketball mind would see. A team stocked full of young, talented, trade-able pieces to re-build a younger stronger “Miami of the Midwest”. I just hope for once, at some point in his career he actually sticks it out when the going gets tough.

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