Bennett will go on waivers, where three teams have enough cap room or a trade exception large enough to claim his $5,803,560 salary – the 76ers, Trail Blazers and Cavaliers. If Bennett clears waivers, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
It’ll be interesting to see how much money Bennett sacrificed for his freedom. He could have waited for the Timberwolves to waive him without a buyout and collected his full salary for this season, but by the time that happened, other teams could have filled out. Minnesota might have also kept him and buried him behind Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Garnett, Adreian Payne and Nemanja Bjelica.
This is a huge fall for the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Bennett hasn’t lived up to expectations – even the more moderate ones by the many outlets that ranked him around fifth in his class, let alone those by the top-picking Cavaliers. He settles for far too many long 2s, squandering his 6-foot-8 frame and athleticism.
But he’s just 22, and teams should line up to take a flyer on him on a minimum contract. Some might even offer a little more to separate themselves from all the suitors – at least if he clears waivers.
The Timberwolves now have 15 players with guaranteed salaries, making it easier to trim their roster to the regular-season limit of 15. Hope they’re happy keeping Damjan Rudez and Tayshaun Prince over Bennett.
Somehow, Ja Morant highlights keep getting better (video)
Then, less than a minute later, Morant finished a lob from Crowder with a beautiful one-handed slam:
Finally, Morant leaped to posterize Larry Nance Jr., realized that wouldn’t work then threw a spinning behind-the-back pass to Jackson. Though Alfonzo McKinnie blocked Jackson, Morant’s move was dazzling:
Kyle Lowry had the ball in his left hand when he felt contact. Not only did he try to sell a foul by flailing his arms, the right-hander tried to draw a shooting foul by hurling an off-balance 31-footer toward the basket.
No continuation. No whistle at all.
But Lowry made the shot, anyway.
Lowry and the Raptors will take it, but they didn’t need a break like that against the Wizards’ dismal defense last night. Toronto won, 140-111.