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Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: I think we need a top class bigman. We have Zaza Pachulia who really knows how to play basketball and John Henson who will keep getting better and better and some other big guys with potential. But we need an athletic, top class bigman. Who will be able to finish plays, score and play effective defense. Who will have the skills to function as the rim protector and set good screens.
Bucks coaches and players were suitably impressed by their fans support. “I thought the fans were great,’’ Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “They were loud; they were loud the whole game.’’ Added Bucks forward John Henson: “They were great. I was pleasantly surprised.’’
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo found Henson around the basket several times, resulting in easy conversions for the 6-foot-11 Henson. “I’ve been struggling the last couple games,” Henson said. “I just wanted to go out there and play hard and be active and let the chips fall where they may. “Fortunately it fell the right way for me and we almost pulled it out.”
The Bucks have dangled names like Ersan Ilyasova, O.J. Mayo and even big man John Henson in offers to other teams, so its clear the Bucks want to make a deal and with Sanders’ $11 million per year salary likely being stretched down to just over $2.1 million per year, the Bucks have some unexpected breathing room to take on a player that could command real money in July.
The Milwaukee Bucks are among those interested in Jackson, a league source said, and could offer either undersized scoring guard Jerryd Bayless, whose contract runs through next season at $3 million a year, or willowy power forward John Henson, who still has two years on his rookie contract, topping out at $2.9 million the second year.
“We’ve never had any interest in trading John Henson,” says John Hammond, the Bucks’ GM. “He’s the kind of player you want in your organization for a long time.”
Charles F. Gardner: The Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on Giannis and fourth-year option on John Henson, the team just announced.
He adhered too a strict daily workout program, one that clearly showed his dedication and commitment to becoming a better basketball player. “I would wake up at 7 a.m., get breakfast and then lift weights,’’ said the, yes, still affable Henson. “I did that just because I could to go sleep earlier at night. Sleep actually helps you put on weight. I would go to bed usually around 9, 10 o’clock. That’s unusual, but at the same time, I had a routine. I wanted to put on 15 pounds and I did, so it worked.’’ Henson played his first two seasons with the Bucks at around 216 pounds — anorexic by NBA big man standards. He repeatedly got thrown around under the basket like a rag doll by opponents who often outweighed by by at least 50 pounds.
While Milwaukee, which holds the No. 2 pick in the draft, as well as Nos. 31, 36 and 48 in the second round, remains engaged in trade talks, they are not actively seeking to trade power forward John Henson — though he is the guy who has drummed up the most interest, sources told Sporting News. They, will, however remain open to the idea if it nets a lottery pick.
Still another Bucks player who could be wearing a new uniform next season is beleaguered center Larry Sanders, who has been saddled by a spate of off-court issues. Sanders will be entering the first of a fully-guaranteed four-year, $44 million contract next season, making him virtually untradeable. However, some team may be enticed to take on Sanders’ issues and hefty contract if perhaps Ilyasova, Henson or Knight was part of a trade package.
Young forward John Henson, who has shown flashes of being a top-flight player, is also available and some Bucks insiders claim the team’s new owners — Marc Lasry and Wes Edens — have given their blessing to possibly trading young point guard Brandon Knight, arguably the team’s best player. Both Henson and Knight undoubtedly would bring back at least a mid-first round pick, if the Bucks desired to move them.
The Bucks set a franchise record for futility this season, though they aren’t dwelling on their failures. With its 102-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, Milwaukee established a dubious club record with its 63rd loss. It sealed the team’s fate as the biggest loser in the franchise’s 45-year history. “I didn’t know that,” second-year forward John Henson said. “That’s not something you want to be associated with.”
What’s the price? A young player who can help contribute to the team right now — especially someone who can give them some much-needed depth on their front line. They’d love to get their hands on Kevin Love. But the Wolves would want much more than Barnes. The Pistons’ Greg Monroe, the Sixers’ Thaddeus Young, the Cavs’ Tristan Thompson, the Nuggets Kenneth Faried, the Bucks’ John Henson and the Raptors’ Amir Johnson all intrigue the Warriors. Whether any of those teams are willing to give up that much to acquire Barnes remains to be seen.
Bucks veteran shooting guard Gary Neal has drawn interest from several teams and seems certain to be dealt. The Bucks are also dangling young power forward John Henson and could package him with a veteran player with a high salary like shooting guard O.J Mayo, who is in the first season of a fully-guaranteed three-year, $24 million deal.
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Henson – the second-year forward who has had to scrape for his own minutes amid the newness, despite his strong summer in Las Vegas – said he has tried to calm Sanders, whose emotions sometimes outstrip his maturity. “I talk to Larry, because he’s one of my best friends on the team,” Henson said late Saturday. “I told him, ‘You’re going to close 90 percent of our games.’ He’s just frustrated right now.”
The Bucks have exercised contract options on point guard Brandon Knight and forward John Henson. General manager John Hammond announced the moves this weekend. Knight, acquired from the Pistons in the offseason in the deal that sent Brandon Jennings to Detroit, had his fourth-year option picked up.