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How everyone can win if Timberwolves buy out Antho

  • August 29, 2022
    Anthony Bennett was the NBA Drafts No. 1 pick all of two years ago. That is what makes it shocking that the Timberwolves, his second team, are negotiating a buyout of his contract, .Minnesota faces a difficult circumstance because it is carrying 16 players with guaranteed contracts (along with three on partially or Roy Oswalt Jersey non-guaranteed deals), and NBA franchises are only allowed to have 15 players on roster when the regular season starts. The Timberwolves have a frontcourt rotation loaded with veterans such as Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic to young talents Gorgui Dieng and this years top pick, Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite his untapped potential, Bennett would have languished on the bench all season.MORE: | A buyout became the best option most likely because the T-wolves could not find a suitor able to take on his contract or willing to send back non-guaranteed salaries. The proce s is unusual for a player as young and as recently-hyped as Bennett, and that adds a few wrinkles to the proceedings.A buyout allows a team and player to Marwin Gonzalez Jersey agree to modify the players salary contingent on the player pa sing through waivers. The team will pay le s or spread the payments out in exchange for giving the player freedom unle s he is claimed by another team under his current contracts terms. Other teams get two days to submit claims if they want to pay a players full salary.In Bennetts case, only the 76ers and Trail Blazers have enough cap space (Utah is close and could clear enough to claim him) to sign him outright, and only the Cavaliers (who drafted him in 2013 and traded him last Carlos Lee Jersey offseason) have a large enough trade exception to fit in Bennetts $5.8 million salary for the 2015-16 season. A suming Minnesota does not make a move on it ahead of time, a claiming team would have the choice on whether they want to pick up Bennetts team option worth about $7.3 million for the 2016-17 season, though that decision must be made by Nov. 2.While we do not know how much Bennett would be giving up as a part of a buyout, his rationale would have to center on opportunity. Since his lucrative fourth-year team option appears unlikely to be exercised, Bennett must think about this season as an audition for his next contract. Like Austin Rivers last season, Bennett needs to rehabilitate his reputation around the league, and Minnesota will not provide that chance with so many deserving players ahead of him. Since the T-wolves need to clear at least one guaranteed contract, Bennett presumably gained leverage to sacrifice le s for that chance to boost his stock.MORE: Bennetts NBA career has been a ma sive disappointment,but there are reasons for optimism. He will play nearly this entire season at age 22, nearly the same age as Alex Len, KJ McDaniels and Dennis Schroder, none of whom are polished at this point. While the Trail Blazers and Sixers both have surprisingly crowded big man rotations, both could use a lottery ticket like Bennett Gerrit Cole Jersey even if his price makes it a little tough to swallow. Similarly, Cleveland bringing its former No. 1pick back makes them a deeper team this season but it comes at an exorbitant Alex Bregman Jersey price since they are well into the luxury tax. It also would be a suboptimal use of the Brendan Haywood trade exception, which they have until the first month of next offseason.If Bennett clears waivers, he becomes an unrestricted free agent still receiving whatever money he and the Timberwolves agree to. At that point, he could (and should) hunt for the best po sible situation to secure his next contract. After all, it would be hard to imagine his value getting any lower than it is right now. New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Orlando, Washington and Sacramento could all be options on a one-year, reputation-rehabilitation contract.Buying out a former No. 1 overall pick after two NBA seasons seems remarkable, but it actually may be the best option for Bennett and the Timberwolves.