Anthony Bennett's road back to the NBA just got more difficult.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Bennett is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. As a result, he's unlikely to earn one of the final roster spots on the Houston Rockets.
Rockets forward Anthony Bennett to undergo knee surgery https://t.co/fL1s484zPY- Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 2, 2019
Bennett signed a training camp deal with the Rockets this offseason, but he was held out of most of the team's practice on Saturday with knee soreness. He then didn't play in Houston's preseason game against the Shanghai Sharks on Monday, likely due to his knee injury.
The No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Bennett has spent the last two seasons in the G League, where he's put himself back on the NBA map on the strength of his 3-point shooting. In 25 games with the Agua Caliente Clippers in 2018-19, he averaged 12.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the perimeter. He put up similar numbers with the Northern Arizona Suns and Maine Red Claws the season prior.
For a Rockets team that currently lacks depth at power forward, there was a path towards Bennett making the team.