Dec 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Anthony Bennett reacts during a game against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors won 108-104. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Cavaliers will not send Anthony Bennett to D-League

To say it’s been a rough season for Anthony Bennett would be a severe understatement.

The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball community when they selected Bennett first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft and while many assumed there would be struggles moving forward, nobody expected it to be this bad.

Bennett, assuming things don’t improve, is currently on pace to have the worst season by a number one pick in their rookie season ever and is hardly seeing the court anymore. But that doesn’t mean the Cavaliers are planning to send him down to the NBA’s Developmental League. At least not right now.

The organization has not had any serious discussions of sending the top overall pick in the draft last summer to the Development League, Brown said, because he wants to keep him around the team for the scouting reports, the practice plans and the extra work. Brown said Bennett often returns to the Cleveland Clinic Courts in the evenings for extra work with the assistant coaches.

While that’s an understandable statement, Bennett needs to see floor time to improve as well. There’s nothing wrong with sending Bennett back and forth between the D-League and the NBA level for a few weeks so he can learn the game at the NBA level, but practice what he’s learned in the Developmental League.

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  • Letterman007

    Got to agree with you, absolutely can’t figure out why they insist on not doing it !! He’s getting no time on the floor here and when he does get some it’s very little and mop up duty!! I guess Chris Grant and Brown want to cut their own throats! Mike Brown has NO idea how to coach a young team !! He claims he PREACHES defense and offense off the defense. Young players are only going to listen to PREACHING for so long and then turn a deaf ear to it! They have a decent road trip out west and come home and blow it away by loosing their first two home games. they continue to make the same mistakes and that is why you can tell they have tuned out Brown!! He and Grant must go!!!!