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NBA sets record with 113 international players, a plurality from Canada, on opening-night rosters

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Until last season, the NBA set or tied its record for number of international players on opening-night rosters the previous three years.

But after peaking at 101 in 2014-15, the number dropped to 100 last season.

A sign the league has hit its foreign saturation point?

Probably not.

The NBA boasts a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories to begin this season. Canada, with 11, leads the league for the third straight year.

A count of international players in the NBA on opening night:

  • 2016-17: 113
  • 2015-16: 100
  • 2014-15: 101
  • 2013-14: 92
  • 2012-13: 84

Here’s a full list of 2016-17 international players, but before you read it, take our quizzes on opening-night rosters.

Report: Timberwolves, Anthony Bennett agree to buyout

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Anthony Bennett and the Timberwolves were reportedly talking about a buyout.

It appears the talking is done.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

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.