Former Cavaliers GM Chris Grant Didn’t Want Anthony Bennett

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One of the biggest busts in NBA Draft history is former #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Former Cavs general manager Chris Grant is the subject of a new book that details the selection of Bennett by the Cavs and states that the former Cavs GM wanted no part of the selection.

Jason Lloyd of The Athletic provided an excerpt from his new book, The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland’s Deliverance and the Making of the Modern NBA.

In the book Lloyd discusses the process of drafting Bennett.

“So when the Cavs front office sat down before the draft to cast their vote on who to take, the final tally was 9-1 in favor of Bennett,” Lloyd wrote in his book. “The one vote against taking him? Chris Grant.”

Lloyd stated that Grant Grant was more interested in University of Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore.

David Griffin, who was the team’s vice president of basketball operations at the time of the pick and took over the GM role from Grant in 2014, didn’t have a glowing review of Bennett.

“The issue with Anthony was, and we had no way of knowing it at the time, the kid had no desire to overcome adversity whatsoever. As soon as it was hard, he was out,” Griffin explained to Lloyd. “His whole life, he rolled out of bed bigger, better, and more talented than everybody else. As soon as it was hard, it was over. And I was the one on campus at UNLV. I’m the one who got sold the bill of goods and I bought it hook, line, and sinker. You f–k up sometimes. But I feel bad Chris took it for that, because Chris was the one guy who wasn’t sure.”

Bennett was recently signed by the Phoenix Suns but was releases shortly there after.