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Cavs' Anthony Bennett loses weight, arrives at summer league in great shape

LAS VEGAS -- Anthony Bennett arrived at summer league with a new mindset, a new approach and, most importantly, a new body.

Bennett said he's lost between 15 and 20 pounds since the end of last season and is back down around 240. He began last season overweight and out of shape after missing all of summer league, but he's trying to make up for it now.

"This is my playing weight, this is where I've been through high school and college," Bennett said. "It feels good being back at my playing weight. But I just have to stay healthy. It's a good feeling not coming off surgery. I'm excited about that."

Bennett had 15 points and seven rebounds in Friday's summer league victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He shot 6-for-16 and made just 1-of-5 three-pointers, but new coach David Blatt was happy with how Bennett appeared.

Most importantly, Blatt is trying to give Bennett a fresh start after he endured one of the worst seasons for a top overall pick in history.

"I'm coming in here and he's coming in here with a clean slate," Blatt said. "I was happy to see his confidence level high and I was really happy to see his energy and ability to run the floor and stay in it for extended periods of time, which he had trouble with. With his approach and improved condition, he's going to get better and better."

In a historically bad draft, Bennett appeared in 52 games, averaging 4.2 points and three rebounds last season.

"I'm not trying to forget about it because it was a hard season for me, I soaked up everything and learned as much as I can," Bennett said. "It was just a real learning experience for me. I made a commitment to stay in the gym and just get right."

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