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Report: Toronto Raptors to cut Anthony Bennett & sign F/C Jason Thompson

January 5, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Jason Thompson (1) dunks to score a basket against Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
January 5, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Jason Thompson (1) dunks to score a basket against Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Toronto Raptors will part ways with Anthony Bennett to sign veteran F/C Jason Thompson.

Bennett’s homecoming was a nice storyline for what has been a great season for the Raptors, however his impact on the court has in large part been minimal.

Bennett has averaged just 1.5 ppg & 1.2 reb while averaging a career low 4.4 minutes per game.

This may not be the end of Bennett’s playing carer North of the border. Once waived the Raptors 905 D-League team will be able to make a claim on Bennett and continue his development as a member of the 905 squad. If signed by Raptors 905, Bennett will no longer be able to be officially called up and practice with the main team. However there are reports that the Phoenix Suns may be interested in the services of Bennett.

The waiving of Bennett, the Raptors frees up a roster spot for Jason Thompson. Thompson spent 7 seasons as a member of the Sacramento Kings, becoming their franchise leader in games played since the franchise moved to Sacramento.

He’s played sparingly this season as a member of the Golden State Warriors before being waived on the 22nd of February for the signing of Anderson Varejao.

Thompson is holds career averages of 9.0 ppg and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 49.7% from the field. Thompson will likely be the Raptors’ 10th or 11th man, allowing the team to have another capable veteran body in the paint. Thompson will bring energy, hustle and help the Raptors protect the paint.

 

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