John Henson Rumors

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John Henson
John Henson
Position: -
Born: 12/28/90
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Earnings: $52,659,184 ($54,886,015*)
In retrospect, that meant Pelinka and the Lakers, without a contract of even $3 million to offer, remained in need of four players to complete an NBA title rotation. Alex Caruso: $2.75 million. Rajon Rondo: $2.56 million (vet minimum). Dwight Howard: $2.56 million (vet minimum, initially non-guaranteed). Markieff Morris: $1.75 million (buyout signing in February). Hit, hit, hit, hit. That’s $9.62 million combined for four guys playing vital roles for a team 48 minutes from a championship, fewer than 129 NBA players made individually this season. John Henson, a backup center for the lottery Pistons, ranked 129th in salary at $9.7 million.
The events of that day still affect Henson, a 6-foot-9 forward who said he had gone to the store to treat himself to a Rolex watch after signing a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks. What he received instead, he said, was a lesson in racial profiling, one that has stuck with him. “It gives me chills,” Henson, 29, said in a telephone interview Wednesday night from his home in Tampa, Fla., “because I know I was fortunate enough to have a voice where I could say something and hold those people accountable. But had it been another African-American individual or another person of color, they’re just going be sent on their way — feeling some type of way.”
One thing we always hunted for in the Memphis front office: “Good minimums.” They’re not the sexiest part of the offseason, but the random vets signed to back-end rotation spots can have a big impact on the season if injuries hit. Henson is a great example of a “good minimum.” He turns 30 this year, he’s never been a huge star or anything and he slogged through last season on miserable teams in Cleveland and Detroit. He’s not a floor spacer and he’s not much of a post-up threat, although he can get to an awkward-looking hook shot that goes in with surprising frequency.