During their offseason, basketball players stay active in a lot of ways, like summer league games. Cleveland Cavaliers former No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett (from 2013) was amongst those, wanting to play in an event in his hometown of Toronto.
But Bennett was pulled from the event by his agent, and it could because of his involvement in trade talks between the Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves for power forward Kevin Love.
From Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:
Re: Anthony Bennett pulled from Toronto pro-am by agent…If anyone would know a Love trade nears, it’s Jeff Schwartz, who reps both players
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) July 30, 2014
It certainly is an interesting theory, but it isn’t much more than that at the moment. Bennett has been a piece involved in discussions about a potential trade though, so there is that.
Bennett certainly doesn’t want to risk getting injured during a meaningless game with so much on the line, and looking to rebound after a shaky and unimpressive first season in the NBA, which some have labeled as the worst by a No. 1 overall draft pick ever.
Even if the two teams were discussing a trade they couldn’t execute one for weeks because a deal can’t be completed until 30 days after this year’s top pick Andrew Wiggins signed his contract, if Wiggins is to also be included.
But it looks like the sides are talking.