Nets waive Bennett, sign Acy to 10-day contract

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(Photo/The Canadian Press) by Justis Doucet Resolution: Make a difference when he is given time, play gritty basketball While Anthony Bennett hasn’t been involved in every Nets game this season, he’s impacted the ones he played in. Bennett, the former no. one overall pick, has struggled to stick with teams, and the Nets are his fourth in four years. However, this year, he’s been given opportunities and, mostly, succeeded in them, particularly so when considering his dirt-cheap contract. Playing about 12 minutes per game, right around his career average, Bennett is shooting 56% from inside, more than 12% better than any of his other three seasons; and his 5 points per game average ties a career-high from 2014 with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bennett has not played in the Nets' last three games, but, previous to that, scored 11 points in 14 minutes against Cleveland on for 4 for 8 shooting. In Brook Lopez’s absence, Bennett even started a game this season on December 3rd against Milwaukee. In 23 minutes, a season-high, Bennett scored 7 points and grabbed 14 rebounds -- a strong line for the once-forgotten youngster. For Bennett, it’s just a matter of contributing to the team when the opportunity is handed to him, as he sits fourth on the big man depth chart behind Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Justin Hamilton.
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The Brooklyn Nets have waived Anthony Bennett, the team announced on Monday morning. To fill the open roster spot, Marc Stein of ESPN reports that they’ll sign Quincy Acy out of the D-League to a 10-day contract.

Even with the Nets falling further out of playoff content each game and Chris McCullough glued to the D-League, Bennett was still being passed over for playing time by Luis Scola — so the writing on the wall was there, although it’s still surprising. Bennett was averaging 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game, but will now be searching for another franchise to take a gamble on the former no. 1 overall selection.

When the Nets guaranteed Spencer Dinwiddie’s contract for the year, many believed that would spell the end of the Nets’ constant D-League digging, but this cut allows them to open up a roster spot for Acy, a veteran that was averaging 17.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Texas Legends. Since he was drafted in 2012, Acy has played for the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Dallas Mavericks, but never quite made a name for himself.

The Nets have the ability to sign Acy to two 10-day contracts before losing him permanently or signing him for the remainder of the season, a la Sean Kilpatrick last season. Acy has a reputation as a hustler so he should fit in nicely next to Trevor Booker and the team’s #BrooklynGrit manta.

Nets request waivers on Bennett — Marc Stein