Anthony Bennett signs one-year deal with Raptors after clearing waivers

2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has reportedly signed a one-year, league minimum deal with the Toronto Raptors.
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Forward Anthony Bennett has signed a one-year, league minimum deal with the Toronto Raptors, reports Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania. Bennett tweeted about the signing on Sunday. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman originally reported Friday that Bennett had cleared waivers and was heading to Toronto.

Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, was waived by the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Minnesota acquired Bennett and Andrew Wiggins from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Love before last season.

He played in 57 games for the Timberwolves, averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

He is the first No. 1 pick in NBA history not to make it to the fourth year of his rookie contract, according to former Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks. 

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The 22-year-old played just one season at UNLV before declaring for the NBA draft. He played in 35 games, averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game on 53.3% shooting.


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