Phoenix Suns Have Waived Anthony Bennett

The Phoenix Suns waived forward and 2013 first-overall pick and Canadian Anthony Bennett.

The Brampton native sat out the Suns’ last preseason game Monday against the Utah Jazz. He was listed as out with a lower back strain, and Jok had a right groin strain.

Suns Head Coach McDonough added that an ankle sprain and the back injury didn’t allow the Suns to get a good look at Bennett through camp.

After being picked first by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bennett has never averaged more than the 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds on 42 percent shooting in 16 minutes per night for the T-Wolves in 2014-15.

His greatest successes have come in FIBA tournaments with the Canadian National team, where he formed a relationship with current Suns assistant Jay Triano, the team’s head coach, while finding his role as an athletic, energy big man.

There did not appear to be a spot on the Suns’ roster for Bennett, who would have been playing behind forwards Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren, all of whom are Phoenix first-round picks.