Report: Timberwolves shopping Anthony Bennett for trade

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When the Timberwolves draft Karl-Anthony Towns, they’ll have three young big men who – at least theoretically – are good shooters for their positions:

  • Towns
  • Adreian Payne
  • Anthony Bennett

Flip Saunders hand-picked Payne, and the Minnesota president/coach has clearly come around on Towns.

With only so many minutes to develop the trio, Bennett appears to be the odd man out.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

I don’t know what the Timberwolves expect to get for Bennett, but it won’t be much.

Though he was the No. 1 pick just two years ago, his stock has sunk quickly. Besides, it seems only the Cavaliers thought he warranted the top selection. Treat him like a mid-lottery pick who has struggled, and that’s a better approximation of his value.

Unfortunately for Minnesota, Bennett’s salary is that of a No. 1 pick. He has a $7,318,289 team option for 2016-17 that must be exercised by the end of this October. It’s essentially impossible for him to prove he deserves that before next season gets underway.

So, who wants to trade for Bennett as a possible rental? Though his team would have his Bird Rights, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent if his his option is declined.

If the Timberwolves want to dump him, they probably can. If they want an asset in return, that’s a tossup.