Cavs’ Bennett heads home; no update on status
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett is headed home to Toronto to address a family health matter, the Cavaliers said Tuesday. Bennett will therefore not travel with the team for its game Wednesday at Orlando.
Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has missed the previous 11 games with a knee injury. Cavs coach Mike Brown said Tuesday that Bennett remains sidelined and there is no timetable on his return.
"He did not practice with us today," Brown said. "He was in the back with the medical team and C.J. (Miles) and Carrick (Felix)."
The 6-foot-8 forward was working with an assistant coach at a side basket after practiceTuesday, putting up short jumpers and moving around slowly. With only seven games remaining in the regular season, Bennett’s return seems doubtful, but the Cavs have not made an official determination.
"I don’t know if we need to make that determination," Brown said. "I don’t think it’s necessary. I think he just keeps working, and if he’s able to get back in the mix, he’s able to get back in the mix."
Bennett is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 51 games.
The Cavs (30-45) are three games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.