Anthony Bennett, the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round selection in the recent NBA Draft, continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum. Still, Cavs coach Mike Brown told Bob Finnan of The News-Herald that he expects the rookie to be ready to return by training camp.
While Bennett is expected to be healthy, it will be interesting to see how Brown uses the big man and gets him playing time at an already crowded position. Brown told Finnan that, while he may use Bennett as a small forward in the future, he views him as “strictly” a power forward right now.
"He's a ‘4,'" Brown said in a telephone interview from Las Vegas. "That's where he's going to play for us. Way, way, way down the road, we might try him at ‘3.' Now, he's strictly a ‘4.' "
As such, it could be difficult for Bennett to get many minutes, especially early in the season, considering Cleveland already has five other players than can man the 4 position, including Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Kevin Jones, Earl Clark and Tyler Zeller.
Still, Brown made it sound like he had a plan to get the talented big man playing time once he returns healthy.
"I got it figured," Brown said. "His ability to score in a lot of different ways is intriguing. His explosiveness is intriguing. His standing reach is higher than lot of guys playing power forward in the league, including Kevin Love. He's got long arms. There's a desire to want to be better. He has a lot of upside."Follow @hoopsinjurynews