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Thursday September 19th, 2013

The Cavaliers signed top pick Anthony Bennett to a contract. (Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images) The Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett has resumed basketball activities after surgery. (Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images)

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett resumed playing five-on-five basketball without any restrictions this week, months after having surgery to repair an injured shoulder, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Bennett had surgery in May to repair a torn left rotator cuff, and the injury was expected to keep him sidelined for four  months.  He did not play for the Cavaliers' summer league team in Las Vegas because of the injury.

Bennett was the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft after a season at UNLV in which he averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

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The Cavaliers went 24-58 last season and have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.

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The Cavaliers are expected to start Tristan Thompson at power forward and not use Bennett at small forward this season, a source said. It is possible that if center Andrew Bynum isn’t able to return from his lingering knee injury by season’s start that Bennett could become the starting power forward if Thompson moves to center. The Cavaliers are still uncertain when Bynum will return from his knee injury that caused him to miss all of last season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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