Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett resumes playing following surgery

The Cleveland Cavaliers have their No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett back on the court. He has resumed participating in five-on-five basketball this week following surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Bennett underwent surgery on his shoulder on May 8. At the time, the procedure was expected to sideline him for roughly four months. His return this week would line up with that targeted return date.

It's certainly a positive sign that Bennett has already returned to five-on-five action without restriction, but Spears notes that the forward needs to get in "much better shape" as the start of training camp approaches. This can be expected after a layoff, and hopefully the exhibition season can be used to get Bennett up to speed.

According to Spears' source, the Cavs are expected to use Tristan Thompson as their power forward this year and not use Bennett as a small forward. Spears notes that if free agent acquisition Andrew Bynum isn't ready to start the regular season, Thompson could shift to center and Cleveland could plug Bennett in as their power forward.

Whatever the case, Cleveland has high hopes for their top pick, and it's encouraging that he's returned to the court so they can see what they have.

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