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Back Surgery KO's Dunleavy 8-10 Weeks

Chicago Bulls starting small forward Mike Dunleavy will miss the next 8-10 weeks after having a lower-back microdiscectomy on Friday.


Dunleavy, who re-signed with the Bulls on a 3-year, $14.4 million deal in the offseason, will miss all of training camp, and could miss upwards of the first 16 games of the season.  


The injury will provide Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic all an opportunity to fill additional minutes early in the season with Dunleavy  out.  New head coach Fred Hoiberg places a premium on three-point shooting.


Injuries remain a question for a Bulls team that had Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah both playing injured last year.  Derrick Rose missed another significant stretch with an injury last year, and Pau Gasol also having a history of injuries over the past three years.

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Bennett Clears Waivers, Toronto Bound?

Anthony Bennett has cleared waivers and is expected to sign with the Toronto Raptors.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Bennett will sign a one-year, minimum contract with Toronto.

Bennett, the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, is a native of Canada.

Toronto has a deep rotation of players who can play the four including DeMarre Carroll, the likely starter as well as Patrick Patterson, Luis Scola and James Johnson.

Bennett is still a very young player, and he did play well with the Canadian national team this summer. He could potentially develop into a solid rotation player at some point if he can develop his three-point shot.

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Dakari Johnson Headed To NBA D-League

Dakari Johnson will sign and play this season with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA D-League.

Johnson was selected by Oklahoma City with the #48 overall pick in the second-round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Johnson averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest in 16.3 minutes per game last year as a sophomore at Kentucky. Another year of development at Kentucky would have been good for Johnson, who will instead continue his development in the D-League.

Oklahoma City maintains Johnson’s draft rights. Oklahoma City has a history of using the D-League to develop players. Johnson could ultimately develop into a defensive-minded backup center.

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T-Wolves, Bennett Buyout Was $3.65 Million

Minnesota and Anthony Bennett’s buyout deal was for $3.65 million according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.

If Bennett is claimed off of waivers, then Minnesota will owe him nothing. Bennett is expected to clear waivers and will then become an unrestricted free agent.

Bennett, the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, was set to make a guaranteed $5,803,560 this season. He had a team option for $7.3 million in his now bought out contract for the 2016-17 season that a decision was due to be made on by November 2.

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T-Wolves, Bennett Working On Buyout

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Anthony Bennett are working on a contract buyout after the team was unable to find a trade partner for the #1 overall pick in 2013.

Bennett is owed $5.8 million this season.

Bennett’s camp has been pushing for a buyout so he can find more playing time. Minnesota has a deep frontcourt with a strong base of young talent that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Adreian Payne and 5-man Gorgui Dieng.

Bennett will become a free agent if he clears waivers. Philadelphia and Portland are the only two teams with enough cap space to claim Bennett.

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