Former number one overall pick Anthony Bennett was waived by the NBA's Toronto Raptors on March 1.
The Raptors needed to clear a roster spot, GM Masai Ujiri said, so they could sign a marginally more attractive non-impact big man to ride the bench.
Bennett, who played only 19 games with the Raptors this season and averaged a mere point-and-a-half in the process, was the first-ever Canadian b-baller drafted in the top spot. His signing by the Raptors in the off-season was considered a homecoming for him.
Bennett was traded by the Cavs (who drafted him) to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Andrew Wiggins (a fellow Canadian and number one overall pick) as part of the deal that netted the Cavs Kevin Love. But the TWolves dropped Bennett after a single uninspiring year.
Uninspiring is in fact a charitable way to describe the NBA saga of Bennett, a chubby kid from UNLV in whom former Cavs GM Chris Grant saw tremendous potential. Bennett is now held among the very biggest — if not the
biggest — NBA draft busts of all time.