The Brooklyn Nets have signed Anthony Bennett to a two-year deal at the league minimum, first reported by Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.
Sources: Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and the Brooklyn Nets are nearing an agreement. Talks are in advanced stages at this time
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 14, 2016
Following the initial report, Shams Charania of The Vertical added that the two-year minimum deal is only guaranteed in the first season, so if the move does not work out, general manager Sean Marks can decline the option to keep him through 2018.
Free agent Anthony Bennett has reached agreement on a two-year minimum deal with Brooklyn, sources tell The Vertical. First year guarantee.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2016
From our last update on Bennett:
Bennett was the no. 1 selection in the 2013 draft, but struggled to adapt to the bigger, stronger, and faster professional game. The former UNLV standout averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds during his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers over a paltry 12 minutes per game. Of course, his stay there lasted just one season as he was shipped to Minnesota with Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love upon LeBron James’ triumphant return to Cleveland.
In an attempt to rejuvenate his career, Bennett signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, his hometown team, in September. Bennett would become the first no. 1 pick to play in the D-League and he appeared in only 19 games with the Raptors before he was waived in March.
Including the Randy Foye signing, the Nets’ roster currently stands at 15, so they should be mostly done making moves for the time being.