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Sixers Will Not Claim Anthony Bennett Off Waivers

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The deadline for Bennett to be claimed is at 5:00 today.

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While Liberty Ballers is well on its way to opening up an Anthony Bennett vertical (tentatively called "Are The Sixers Interested In Anthony Bennett?" which will feature only Bennett news and Drake beats) the team is not opening its coffers to take on his salary:

Bennett would make $5.3 million this season if claimed off waivers by another NBA team. After his buyout with the Timberwolves, Bennett will make at least $3.6M from his time not spent in Minnesota this season.

The 76ers have less cap room than you'd think, having opened their coffers to take on salaries for players like Nik Stauskas. The Portland Trail Blazers actually have more cap room. Only the four teams above could have reasonably freed up space to claim the former top overall pick.

With 20 players coming to camp and a roster squeeze happening even before camp begins, and with a salary he's clearly not worth at the moment, the news today is hardly surprising. But if the team could bring him in on a lower salary, offering playing time Bennett would likely not find elsewhere, he could still be an option the team will consider.