Anthony Bennett pulled from pro-am tournament in Toronto?

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Anthony Bennett had been one of many Canadian basketball players participating in the second annual OVO Bounce tournament this week in Toronto. He played on Monday in the pro-am and he started playing again on Tuesday. Nothing seemed noteworthy, just the slimmed-down and finally-breathing 21-year-old Cleveland Cavalier playing in front of some fans.

But according to various reports, he was then oddly pulled out early tonight and lounged around at the tournament. The move was reportedly made by Bennett’s agent and he will not play the rest of the event.

The tournament, which is being played at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, is sponsored by Drake and named after his label, October’s Very Own. The eight-team tournament will conclude with Saturday’s fifth annual OVO Fest, also to be headlined by Outkast. Other participating players include Tyler Ennis, Jordan Clarkson, Sim Bhullar, Myck Kabongo and Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson.

Bennett’s agent was among the players in the tournament. So it’s certainly possible that there is nothing to be made of this little odd piece of news. But as always, we’re just passing along the update in case anything might be in the works. Of course, Kevin Love withdrew from Team USA amid his uncertain NBA destination status as well.

  • architrance

    My ridiculous prediction is:
    Minny: Thad Young, Bennett, pick
    Philly: Waiters, Lucas, pick
    Clevy: Love, championship

  • Anomander

    doubt philly gets waiters AND a 1st

  • The Inferno

    I think this actually is pretty close.

  • RGB

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  • mgbode

    I agree. Give both picks to Minny and that deal looks better.

  • RGB

    Looks pretty feasible. Both picks to Minn to make them feel better, and some spare underpants, errrr, extra second rouonders, to Philly.

  • architrance

    Lol. But their trade machine does!

  • mgbode

    Would a combo MCW+Dion be the most inefficient starting backcourt of all time? I’m not sure, but it’d be a fun experiment.

  • John

    Maybe it looks like:
    Cavs: Kevin Love
    Wolves: Thad Young, Anthony Bennett, 2 first rounders
    Sixers: Waiters, Kevin Martin, pick

  • Tha Truth

    If any of you think the Cavs get Love without Wiggins, then you know nothing about basketball.

  • architrance

    Could be, the Cavs would have to include someone like Lucas to make the salaries work though.

  • architrance

    “The situation is fluid.” Minny loses leverage by the day. The fact that Love is now very unlikely to re-up for next year makes a deal for him extremely risky for a franchise. He could end up being a one year rental. The Cavs have a little extra incentive since LBJ can back channel a commitment from him to sign long term. But nothing is guaranteed (see Boozer, Carlos). So it’s a one year rental.

    Plus if he ends up demanding a trade to Cleveland, Minny becomes even more handcuffed. Especially since the Cavs could just get him in a sign & trade next year anyways. Minny may get to the point where they just need to get something back for him (the most they can), but with his insistence of opting out of his contract and wanting to play in Cleveland, those offers may dry up pretty quickly. But we’ll see!

  • RGB

    Nice knowin’ ya, Mr. Lucas.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nice!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ya just got trolled.

  • architrance

    GRAARGARGHLAARGH!

  • Tha Truth

    First of all it won’t dry up at all as long as a second team is interested (Chicago), which is exactly the case MN does not take a deal without Wiggins, when the Bulls offer would then be better then what the Cavs offer.
    Second of all Wolves could then wait if they don’t like the deal until the deadline is closer. Clearly the Wolves are in no hurry to trade Love and if you wait to hold on to him until then you never know what other team could get into it.
    Fact remains though for all you delusional Cavs fans, you don’t get Love without giving up Wiggins. Its that simple.

  • mgbode
  • architrance

    Ok, you drink whatever ownership is selling you. The Wolves should be in a hurry to deal him – they’ll get more for him now than at the deadline, when he becomes a half season rental. The Cavs can potentially land him in a S&T and not have to give up ANY young prospects currently on the roster. It’s not the end of the world if we give up Wiggins – but what’s the rush? The future is bright in Cleveland either way. I do feel bad about Minny’s situation – but this is how the NBA works now.

  • Tha Truth

    The Cavs could not sign Love in free agency, they already have one max deal and one that is almost a max deal. Im just letting you know right now because you don’t seem to understand, Love is going to the Cavs only for Wiggins. Your 100% right though if they do give up Wiggins the Cavs will be fine because they have a guy named LeBron James. My only point here is I’m starting to get annoyed with greedy Cavs fans thinking they can get Love and keep Wiggins.

  • architrance

    And why shouldn’t we be greedy? Go troll somewhere else. The Cavs have great flexibility in building an all time great roster. Your not the GM/ownership so you don’t know what will or will not happen. If Love is a FA next offseason, the Cavs could offer multiple first round picks, the unguaranteed contract of Haywood & Varejao for a team wanting to get ANYTHING back for Love. Those salaries should roughly match and you can go over the cap in a S&T. That’s a very plausible situation in which we keep Wiggins & get some Love too. We have an owner that seems willing to spend serious dough to build a great team. I want Kyrie/Wiggins/Lebron/Love on the same team and I’m sure the Cavs do too.

  • architrance

    And you’re trolling an Anthony Bennett article – he’s clearly your true desire anyways!

  • cmm13

    If you are looking for someone to blame on your current situation… Instead of “greedy Cavs fans” I’d start with your franchise wasting a decade of Garnett with only one serious playoff push and 5 years of Kevin Love without sniffing even the 8 seed.

    But that’s none of my business.

  • thenoclist

    The real “truth” my friend, is that it is YOU who knows nothing about basketball. Back to Minnesota you go.

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  • cmm13

    This tea though.