For the second consecutive offseason, forward Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, is looking for a team. The Toronto Raptors waived the Canada native after just one season with the team.
Bennett is attempting to get his career back on track after starting for the Canadian Olympic qualifying team that was one win away from making it to Rio. Despite being considered one of the worst draft busts in recent history, there appears to be mutual interest between Bennett and the Brooklyn Nets, according to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.
Sources: Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the Nets have mutual interest. He's played for Canada in FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 11, 2016
ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reported July 1 that Bennett appeared at a Nets veteran camp and is working to get himself into better physical shape.
Despite the Nets agreeing to a two-year deal with forward Trevor Booker, they could look to add more depth behind second-year forward Chris McCullough. Booker will likely compete with McCullough for a starting spot following the trade of Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers. After the Nets struck out with restricted free agents Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, the team has the roster space to take a flier on Bennett and hope that he can live up to his billing as a No. 1 overall pick as the team continues to rebuild.