The Houston Rockets got some bad news today. Forward Anthony Bennett, who the team was taking a flyer on as a former number-one pick flame out that was looking for reclamation, is scheduled to undergo knee surgery that will likely prevent him from earning a roster spot with the club, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Bennett was thought to have a real shot at making the team this year, as he’s improved his three-point shooting and work ethic over the years, but that now all seems out the window with this latest news.
No word on exactly what the injury is, but the surgery will be an arthroscopic procedure.
Bennett was the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013, but he never panned out, averaging just 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for his career. He did average 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds last season in the G-League, which helped lead to his recent shot with the Rockets, but there’s no telling where he’ll end up when he gets back from this injury.
Thankfully, the Rockets have a pretty full roster this training camp, and that should open up a spot for second-time Rocket Ryan Anderson as a shooting big off the bench.
Good luck, Anthony. Speedy recovery.