Anthony Bennett, No. 1 Draft Pick Bust, Lands Contract With Awful Nets

The Brooklyn Nets struck out on several talented players in NBA free agency over the last few weeks, but they were able to make a small signing Thursday.

Anthony Bennett, one of the most notable No. 1 draft pick busts of all time, will join the Nets, the club announced.

Yahoo! Sports reported the terms of the deal, which weren’t released by Brooklyn.

The Nets will be Bennett’s fourth team in four pro seasons. He played just 19 games with the Toronto Raptors last season and averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds for them.

Bennett was the No. 1 pick in 2013 by the Cavaliers, who quickly realized their mistake after one season and traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland.

It’s worth noting that the Nets, who went 21-61 last season, do not own their first-round picks in the next two drafts. The Boston Celtics can swap 2017 first-round selections with the Nets and also own Brooklyn’s 2018 pick.

So the Bennett signing is good news for the Celtics in that regard.

Thumbnail photo via Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett

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