The Cavaliers also have a trade exception large enough to claim him.
Plus, a fourth team – the Jazz – could easily make room for Bennett’s $5,803,560 salary.
Utah would just need to waive two of Chris Johnson,Jeff Withey,Grant Jerrett,Raul Neto,Jack Cooley, Bryce Cotton,Elijah Millsap,Treveon Grahamand J.J. O'Brien (though a Graham-O’Brien combo wouldn’t work).
Utah has theoretical cap room, but its roster is almost full, and it’s not touching Bennett, per several league sources.
Bennett – while worse than Booker right now and maybe having less upside than Lyles – would strengthen that group. There’s a reason the Cavaliers drafted Bennett No. 1 and he held a consensus top-10 rating just two years ago. Bennett is still only 22, and his shooting and athleticism offer potential, even if it’s unlikely he realizes his potential.
Simply, Utah could hedge its bets with another talented player.
But the Jazz are also building a culture, and the lethargic Bennett might not fit. He’s especially a long way from defending the way Utah coach Quin Snyder demands.
More importantly, $5,803,560 is a lot of money to pay Bennett. Rather than tie up that cap space now, the Jazz can – and seemingly, will – wait for a better deal to emerge.