Raptors waive Anthony Bennett, sign Jason Thompson

Anthony Bennett as a member of the Toronto Raptors (Chris Young/CP)

Anthony Bennett’s homecoming has come to an end.

According to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange, the Toronto Raptors have waived the Canadian forward and are expected to sign veteran big man Jason Thompson. Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania first reported the news.

Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, received minimal playing time with the Raptors this season after signing with his hometown team in the summer. In 19 appearances with the Raptors, Bennett averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.4 minutes of court time.

Thompson was recently waived by the Golden State Warriors so they could add long-time Cleveland Cavaliers centre Anderson Varejao. A former first-round pick, No. 12 in 2008, Thompson saw limited action with the Warriors after being acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in the off-season.

The 29-year-old was averaging only 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in just over six minutes of playing time this year after averaging 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while receiving over 26 minutes of court time in his first seven seasons with Sacramento.