Anthony Bennett and Minnesota Timberwolves discussing buyout

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When Anthony Bennett was selected as the first overall pick of the NBA Draft back in 2013, the future looked bright for the UVLA star.

Then just 20-years-old, the Canadian was heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers with high hopes and big expectations.

Bad to worse

Now, two and a half years since entering the NBA, things couldn't look more different. After a disastrous rookie season, a makeweight trade to Minnesota and an uninspiring second year in the league, Bennett is now on the verge of being bought out of his rookie deal by the Timberwolves.


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Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news late last night and revealed that the T'Wolves are looking to get rid of Bennett via a buyout after failing to find a trade partner for the power forward.

Bad choice

The latest development in the young career of Anthony Bennett is yet further proof that the Cavaliers made a monumental error of judgment when selecting him with the first pick three drafts ago.

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As Wojnarowski notes, no other NBA franchise considered the Ontario native a top-10 pick never mind worthy of the coveted number one spot.

The graph below effectively summing up Bennett's struggles to adapt to the pro game:

Having said that, Bennett wasn't horrible last season in his first year in Minnesota, and the youngster showed glimpses of being a capable role player in the NBA.

Should the buyout be completed in the near future, Bennett will head to the waivers where the Philadelphia 76ers (shock) and Portland Trail Blazers would be in the best position salary-wise to pick him up.

Whether any NBA team is willing to go down that road remains to be seen, however. Either way, the Canadian has a tough road ahead of him if he isn't to go down as one of the biggest draft busts of all-time.

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