Bucks, John Henson Have Mutual Interest In Trade

John Henson and the Bucks have “mutual interest and motivation” in finding a trade involving the center, league sources tell Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

The Bucks currently project to be a little over the luxury tax line, and Henson’s contract, which will pay him about $31.73MM over the next three years, is the most noteworthy albatross on the club’s books. Moving Henson without taking back much salary would give Milwaukee more flexibility to use the rest of its mid-level exception, perhaps on a point guard like Derrick Rose.

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Meanwhile, a trade could give Henson an opportunity to take on a larger role with another team. The 26-year-old started 39 games for the Bucks last season, but barely played down the stretch or in the postseason. With bigs like Greg Monroe and Spencer Hawes exercising player options to return, and Thon Maker poised for a larger role, Henson may be expendable.

Of course, a trade won’t be easy. The Bucks would likely have to attach a first-round pick to convince another club to take on Henson’s contract, which has a cap hit of $11.4MM this season. For comparison’s sake, the Raptors had to attach a first- and second-round pick to clear $11.8MM in salary in their DeMarre Carroll trade with the Nets — Toronto was in an over-the-tax position similar to Milwaukee’s.

There also aren’t many teams left with the cap flexibility to take on a contract as large as Henson’s. Brooklyn would be one possibility, and Philadelphia and Phoenix could be other options. However, the length of Henson’s contract, which runs through 2019/20, makes it more unappealing, even if his salary declines to $9.7MM by the final year of the deal.

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19 thoughts on “Bucks, John Henson Have Mutual Interest In Trade

      • hiflew

        I guess in his scenario the Bucks either trade for Ben Simmons first or convince Lionel “L-Train” Simmons to come out of retirement.

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      • hiflew

        You mean the Jonathan Simmons that the Bucks don’t have and the Magic just signed? Well if we are just putting players that aren’t on the team in rumors, I think they should trade Stephen Curry to get Bledsoe and Chandler.

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    • Your trade proposal wouldn’t work. Wayne Simmons retired years ago and played for the Packers, not the Bucks.

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  1. acarneglia

    Henson to Charlotte
    Lamb, O’Bryant, Weber to Milwaukee
    The salaries would be close to matching and O’Bryant and Weber could be waived to create cap space

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  2. thetoddv

    Simmons Beauty Rest mattresses are nice, but with Casper and Purple out there now, I don’t think you’re going to get much back in return, even with an attached 1st rounder.

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  3. GuruGray

    I think he’s talking about the Kiss front man, if not the work out instructor. Or maybe the Def Jam guy. Perhaps the ex-Grantland writer. So many possibilities

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  4. BrewBucksVikes

    I think Kidd needs to play Henson more. He deserves more minutes, he has great length and can really protect the rim. He can score off of alley oops or a simple post hook. I don’t blame him for wanting out, none of our coaches really gave him a chance.

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