HoopsHype Xavier Henry rumors

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The Hornets, however, declined Monday to pick up the fourth-year options on forward Al Farouq Aminu and guard Xavier Henry’s contracts, a league source confirmed. The Hornets want to keep their options open regarding their salary cap space. but they could re-sign Aminu and Henry at the end of this season. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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The sweet-shooting lefty, who helped KU to a 33-3 record, has battled a series of injuries his first two years in the pros. “Injuries happen to everybody. It’s how you deal with them,” said Henry, who played in just 38 games for the Grizzlies his rookie season. Memphis cut ties with the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder, trading him to New Orleans last January for a future second-round pick. “I learned by being mature, by having to grow up, that the only way I can get past it (injury) is playing through it and doing the best I can. I’ve done my part getting the surgery I needed. I just need to rehabilitate to the best of my ability and go out there and have fun,” added Henry, who averaged 5.3 points off 39.5 percent shooting while logging 16.9 minutes a game in 45 games for the Hornets a year ago. Lawrence Journal-World

He upped his scoring average to 12.2 ppg in Las Vegas summer league action in July. “We (he and the Hornets) hope so,” Henry said, asked if this would be his breakout season. “I’m going to come in and bring energy, scoring, defense. I play an all-around game. That’s what they’ve been looking for me to do. With my knee healthy now, hopefully I can play this whole season healthy and have a great season,” added Henry, who has one year left on his contract with an option for the following season. Lawrence Journal-World

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The New Orleans Hornets will conduct a mini-camp for their Las Vegas summer league team on July 11-13 at the Alario Center. The workouts will include draft picks Austin Rivers (10th overall) and Darius Miller (46th overall), along with four players from the 2011-12 Hornets end-of-season roster (Al-Farouq Aminu, Jerome Dyson, Xavier Henry, and Darryl Watkins) are scheduled to participate. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams said there is a great chance that injured shooting guard Xavier Henry will play for the first time next week. Since the Hornets acquired Henry from the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade earlier this month in exchange for a 2013 second-round pick, he has been rehabilitating his ankle. Henry tore ligaments in his ankle last month with the Grizzlies during training camp. Meanwhile, Williams said they still don’t know when starting shooting guard Eric Gordon may return from a bruised right knee injury that’s forced him to miss nine consecutive games. ``We don’t know right now,’’ Williams said about Gordon’s possible return. ``We know some things, I’m just not able to talk about it just yet. ``We’re just kind of waiting.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

January 12, 2012 Updates

Unable to play since joining the Hornets earlier this month, shooting guard Xavier Henry is about a week from returning to the lineup after recovering from torn ligaments in his ankle, Coach Monty Williams said. Henry, who was acquired in a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a second-round pick, is now participating in shootarounds and practices. “I still think he’s a week away,’’ Williams said. “To put a guy out there that has not gone through camp, you are asking for another injury.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Henry, 20, was a lottery pick (12th overall) by Memphis in the 2010 draft, but his development has been hindered by injuries. He is recovering from a second-degree right ankle sprain, including some ligament tearing, which happened at the outset of the Grizzlies’ training camp. “I think I’ll definitely be out there in the next two weeks,” said Henry, who played at Kansas and worked out for the Hornets at the Alario Center in a predraft audition. “I have a good estimation of about 10 days maybe, but I’d say in the next two weeks I’ll be out there playing.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

Hornets Coach Monty Williams, who has expressed concerns over his team’s shooting guard performances in the absence of starter Eric Gordon the past four games, says he can see Henry sliding between two positions. Gordon returned to the starting lineup in Wedneday night’s 101-93 loss to Philadelphia. “Xavier is a guy who, when he’s healthy, is going to play for us because he can do a number of things on the floor,” Williams said. “I told him my biggest issue with guys is defending and competing, playing hard. Offensively, he has some things you can’t really teach. He has a good feel for the game. He can shoot the ball, not to range yet, but 18 or 19 feet. “He might be more of a three (small forward) than he is a two (shooting guard). He has got a big body (6 feet 6, 220 pounds). He can do both. I’d probably call him a wing. A guy like Eric is just a two, but Xavier might be a wing, a guy who can play both. I don’t see him ever being a guy who handles the ball and initiates offense like Eric. I’d say he’s a solid wing.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

January 4, 2012 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed in principle to the terms of a three-team trade with New Orleans and Philadelphia that will bring 76ers center Marreese Speights to the Grizzlies, according to sources with knowledge of the trade. The deal, on course to be completed later Wednesday, would send Memphis swingman Xavier Henry to the Hornets and two second-round picks to Philadelphia. ESPN.com

The Grizzlies have agreed to acquire 6-10 forward/center Marresse Speights from the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team trade, an NBA source confirmed this morning. Memphis would send second-year guard Xavier Henry to New Orleans, which would give Philadelphia a pair of second-round draft picks. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jimmy Smith: Newly acquired #Hornets SG Xavier Henry comes with existing ankle injury, could miss up to two weeks, sources indicate. Physical will tell. Twitter

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