1:50pm: The Bucks have confirmed the moves via Twitter.
1:27pm: Milwaukee has decided to keep former first-round picks Brandon Knight and John Henson around a little longer, as the Bucks have picked up the 2014/15 team options on their rookie scale contracts, according to Matt Moore of CBSSports.com (Twitter link). Knight goes on to next year’s books for $3,553,917, as our rookie contract option tracker shows, while Henson will receive $1,987,320.
Neither of the moves comes as a surprise, and while I didn’t categorize the decisions on Knight and Henson as “no-brainers” when I examined at rookie scale options around the league last month, I wrote that they would probably have their options picked up. Knight, entering his third season, came to the Bucks this summer as part of the Brandon Jennings trade, and it’s clear that Milwaukee intends for him to occupy the starting point guard job for the foreseeable future. Henson’s path to the starting lineup is blocked by Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova, both of whom are on long-term deals, but the Bucks deemed Henson off-limits while exploring trades at the deadline this past season.
Knight, whom the Pistons drafted eighth overall in 2011, and Henson, picked at No. 14 by the Bucks in 2012, are former lottery picks. Today’s option decisions push the total of Milwaukee’s guaranteed salaries for 2014/15 to more than $48MM.