As President of Basketball Operations of the Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge has never been afraid to take chances on players. Whether it's drafting Jared Sullinger despite injury questions, or trading a fan favorite like Kendrick Perkins, Ainge clearly won't hesitate to think outside of the box if it means it will improve his team.
Former number one overall pick Anthony Bennett is a guy that Ainge would inquire about to fit that mold, and according to reports, the 22-year-old might be available if he clears waivers:
Yahoo Sources: Minnesota progressing on contract buyout with former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett. He would be free agent if clears waivers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 21, 2015
Bennett would be the first #1 pick not to make it to his 4th year on his rookie contract and the highest pick since Hasheem Thabeet.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) September 21, 2015
Could Ainge kick the tires on Bennett, who was a surprise first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013?
Bennett would be the ultimate low risk type of move. If he stinks you can send him his walking papers without eating much money, and if he works out then you get a guy who has plenty of room for improvement, and is coming off a solid showing at this summers Pan-Am Games.
The thought of Bennett in Celtic green could, and should make most C's fans cringe. The Celtics squad is already overloaded and barring any trades, there's really no room for the hefty former UNLV Runnin' Rebel. But Ainge certainly realizes there are plenty of options to create flexibility on the roster through trades.
Bennett, who has career averages of 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds, may go down as one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history. Even Kwame Brown who was a big disappointment as a first overall selection had a skill to keep him in the NBA, the same can't be said about Bennett, unless you factor in his spot-on passing:
Back in the summer of 2012 Ainge was in a similar situation when he signed former number two overall pick Darko Milicic, and let's just say that didn't work out.
Follow CelticWelch on Twitter: @CelticWelch Rob Welch 9/22/2015 06:28:00 AM Tweet Edit