Central Rumors: Henson, Lopez, Sexton, Kennard

John Henson‘s wrist injury will cost him more than just a chunk of the season, as Bobby Marks of ESPN explains. The Bucks center will lose $750K in bonus money due to clauses in his contract. He was due $250K for appearing in 60 games and an additional $500K for 75 games. Henson, who is signed through next season, is expected to miss at least 12 weeks due to a torn left wrist ligament. Henson’s cap hit for the 2019/20 campaign will be reduced to $9.7MM after the season once the bonuses are deemed unlikely. That will give Milwaukee a little more financial flexibility next summer.

We have more from around the Central Division:

  • Bulls center Robin Lopez has seen his playing time increase in recent games and the team may be showcasing him and his expiring contract, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Lopez is making $14.3MM and the team could acquire an asset and move him to a contender, where he could add toughness off the bench without a long-term commitment, Cowley notes. Lopez is downplaying the possibility of getting traded. ‘‘I’ve always found that I kind of play best when I go out there and play unencumbered or unhampered by things like that,’’ he said.
  • Collin Sexton may have taken over the Cavaliers’ starting point guard spot from George Hill, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cleveland’s lottery selection is averaging 18.0 PPG and shooting 48.4% since Hill injured his shoulder earlier this month. “There are just guys who feel more comfortable starting than coming off the bench,” head coach Larry Drew told Fedor and other media members. “I think everybody wants to start, but everybody’s production as a starter is not very good. … Certainly with G-Hill out, Collin has definitely stepped up to the plate and made his presence felt and has made a major impact to what we’ve been doing.”
  • Pistons shooting guard Luke Kennard will be out a few more weeks, according to the team’s latest medical update. Kennard suffered a right shoulder AC joint sprain on October 25th. Kennard’s rehabilitation process will continue for an additional two weeks with a gradual intensification towards basketball activity. That suggests Kennard, a second-year guard, won’t be back until sometime next month.
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9 thoughts on “Central Rumors: Henson, Lopez, Sexton, Kennard

  1. Z-A

    Sexton so far has the worst VORP of all rookies, well as of yesterday when I looked at that lol. Sad.

    • east333

      I definitely think he’s going to need a lot of coaching for the nba. Needs to work on footworks, proper motions and moves. Needs work on jumper. Less Kyrie moves too, he misses going to for lay ups he absolutely shouldn’t instead of passing.

      • cesc

        Agree as a PG I would like to see Sexton passing more & shooting less, not good when your playmaker drops around 20 per night but with only around 3 AST

    • Jason Lancaster

      Billups started his career as a bust too.

      Point guard is the hardest position to learn in the NBA. I think it’s way too early to assess the kid.

  2. Richard Hangslow

    Robin Lopez has been a true Pro while the Bulls continue to bend him over. He deserves better.

          • Z-A

            How is that a down vote? Whichever one of you down voted a family reunion needs to see a therapist and work your your sibling rivalry issues.

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