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Report: Don’t be so sure on Anthony Bennett to Philadelphia rumors

Aug 21, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

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A couple of days ago when I wrote in a post about  the pending Kevin Love trade saying Anthony Bennett would go to Philadelphia as part of the it and Thaddeus Young would be headed to Minnesota, I quickly got a message from someone better connected than I saying that second part of the deal may not happen. Minnesota likes the idea of keeping Bennett around.

That feeling seems to be strong around Minnesota.

Now there is this, from Timberwolves beat reporter Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

There’ssome logic here. If you’re the Timberwolves sending Love out for Andrew Wiggins, you just basically said “we’re rebuilding.” And if you are building for the future why not keep Bennett around and see how he develops? Young is a better player but a win-now player that you would just have to flip again for another guy. Bennett could help you down the line.

After a disastrous rookie season Bennett looked in much better shape and played well at Summer League in Las Vegas. He hit the boards hard, played pretty good defense (as much as anyone plays D in Vegas) and generally looked like a guy who can be a solid part of your front-court rotation. He’s never going to live up to the No. 1 pick millstone the Cavaliers hung around his neck, but he looked like a solid rotation NBA player (which was a huge leap from a year ago).

Just something to watch when the trade for Love/Wiggins goes down this weekend. Bennett may not be immediately on the move.

  1. campcouch - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I hope Bennett balls out this year, to put the squadoosh on people calling him a bust. He played well enough in college to be picked number one in what apparently wasn’t one of the strongest drafts in a while. There were some good picks throughout, but not one franchise building worthy. There was even talk about moving the reigning ROY. Cavs should’ve just IR’d him. The Clips did with Griffith after his injury and no grief was caught about it, Philly sat Noel for a year and nothing negative was said. The kid got himself healthy and took care of an apnea issue while getting in shape. I wish him the best for dealing with medical problems and criticism that no young man should face so early in his life and career.

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