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Bobby Marks: One thing to note re: Nik Stauskas signing today. Cleveland is technically over the luxury tax but will get a $750K credit based on the John Henson bonuses being deemed unlikely at the end of the season. The Cavaliers are $722K below when taking into account the bonus.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bucks are hopeful that Henson will minimally return for the playoffs, if not a little sooner, league sources say.
Milwaukee Bucks: Center John Henson had successful surgery this afternoon to repair his torn left wrist ligament. Henson will be listed as out and his status will be updated as appropriate.
With Friday’s announcement that Henson is out indefinitely – his surgery could keep him out beyond the all-star break – Maker’s time has come to again prove himself as a capable part of the Bucks’ rotation. He didn’t want his latest chance to come due to an injury to any of his teammate, but the third-year center knows how much the Bucks are counting on him to consistently perform as their backup center. “Every single time I check in I got to find a way to give us a boost,” Maker said. “It’s unfortunate with John’s situation, but he said the same thing. He just said, ‘You’re up. It’s your opportunity. Just go out there and show the world what you’re made of.’”
Matt Velazquez: Mike Budenholzer says Thon Maker will slide into the big-man rotation following John Henson’s injury. Still deciding what to do with guards when it comes to replacing Donte DiVincenzo, but he says Sterling Brown and Matthew Dellavedova are ready. They also may only play 9 guys.
Bobby Marks: The torn left wrist ligament and eventual surgery for John Henson will likely cost the Milwaukee center $750K in bonus money. Henson has $250K for appearing in 60 games and an additional $500K for 75 games. Both achievements were reached last season when Henson played in a career high 76 games. The Henson cap hit for 2019-20 will be reduced to $9.7M after the season once the bonuses are deemed unlikely.
Malika Andrews: The Bucks announce that John Henson has suffered a torn left wrist ligament that requires surgery. pic.twitter.com/W9U8dHYU5m
For Bucks center John Henson, who has missed the past four games with a back injury and was one of the last players on the floor doing drills with assistant coach Greg Foster, there’s another number that’s close to his mind right now. “Day 11,” Henson said dripping with sweat after his workout referring to how long he’s been rehabbing his back. “Getting better. I’m just worried about tonight and then I’ll go from there. That’s kind of the mindset.”
John Henson: “After Game 2 I could barely walk. I looked like an old man. I could barely walk and get out of bed. That’s not really good to travel on but now I’m fine. I took some anti-inflammatories, a lot of treatment — two or three times a day, three or four hours a day — and I’m back where I need to be.”
Matt Velazquez: John Henson officially out again for the Bucks.
With Henson out again on Tuesday, Maker and veteran Tyler Zeller will be counted on to maintain the momentum the group has enjoyed recently. Despite his struggles throughout the season, the Bucks’ confidence in Maker has never wavered. “It came from last year, really,” Bucks swingman Khris Middleton said. “He started tons of games for us last year, started in the playoffs for us last year and he played well in his rookie year. This year he’s been up and down, I don’t know why, but when he’s gotten in the game [in the playoffs], he’s produced. That’s where the confidence is coming from. We’ve all seen him before.”
Brian Robb: John Henson will be out for Game 4.
Tom Westerholm: John Henson is out tonight with his back injury.
Matt Velazquez: Joe Prunty says John Henson will play and rejoin the starting lineup. Thon Maker remains out.
Matt Velazquez: John Henson (sprained finger) & Thon Maker (right groin strain) both participated in shootaround after missing Friday’s game. Joe Prunty not sure if they will be cleared by the medical team, but Maker looked good sprinting along the arc corner to corner shooting 3’s just now.
Matt Velazquez: Joe Prunty says he hasn’t been given the final go-ahead to play Tyler Zeller yet, but he hopes he’ll get it before the game. Thon Maker will start for John Henson. Rest of the starting lineup remains the same. Jabari Parker will get in the ballpark of 20 mins if all goes to plan.
Matt Velazquez: Per an update in the game notes John Henson is out. Henson said earlier today that he was dealing with some discomfort in his right hamstring stemming from Sunday’s game. Then when questioned about it seemed to laugh it off but said not to be surprised if he sat.
The team’s hope and expectation is the bench will get a bit deeper as Giannis Antetokounmpo (right knee soreness) and John Henson (eye procedure) participated in practice on Friday and shootaround Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena ahead of their game at 8 p.m. against the Utah Jazz.
Matt Velazquez: Giannis says his right knee issue is the same thing he had this summer. Just trying to give it rest and be cautious. The plan is to be back for Saturday’s game. Bucks down Giannis, Delly, Teletovic and Henson for tonight vs Phoenix.
Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson will miss tomorrow’s game at Phoenix following a successful eye procedure this morning in Chicago
Charles F. Gardner: Bucks coach Jason Kidd says Brogdon and Henson went through contact drills last 2 days and should be ready Monday vs. Hornets.
Bobby Marks: Recent thumb injury will see John Henson miss out on $250k in bonus incentives. Henson was a lock to play in 60 games before the injury.
Sirius XM NBA: John Henson on his injured thumb – “I’m getting there… I’ll be back soon.” Says he’s targeting next week for a return #OwnTheFuture
Charles F. Gardner: Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Malcolm Brogdon (back) and John Henson (thumb) are unlikely to play Thurs. vs. Pacers.
Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson is expected to be sidelined for approximately a week with a left thumb sprain, a league source told ESPN. Henson, 26, sustained the injury at some point during the team’s 93-90 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday and missed the next two games. If the 6-foot-11 forward were to be absent for exactly a week, that would give him six games to play in before the regular season concludes.
Charles F. Gardner: Jason Kidd said goal is to have John Henson on practice floor Friday and possibly play next week. Henson out 18th straight game tonight vs. Heat.
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August 18, 2019 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Entering his fifth season, Richardson was involved in a five-game playoff series loss two years ago against the Sixers. There have been many other, heated games with the two teams. His biggest perception of Philadelphia as an opposing player? “The fans, man,” Josh Richardson said during Saturday’s annual Sixers Summer Shore Tour at the PigDog Beach Bar BQ in Wildwood. “The first thing you think about is how hard the fans are to opposing players. It is tough playing against that and I am excited to play on the same side of those fans.”
In looking at his new team, Richardson noted something he thought he would never see, that he will be the smallest player in the starting lineup. The rest of the projected lineup is 6-10 point guard Ben Simmons, 6-9 small forward Tobias Harris, 6-10 power forward Al Horford and 7-2 center Joel Embiid. “I have never been that ever in my life,” Richardson said about being the smallest. “This will be interesting, looking up to my teammates, talking in huddles.”
Not surprisingly, his summer has been spent working overtime on all aspects of his game. “I’ve been grinding,” he said. Smith says he has benefited from extra summer work in the weight room. The Sixers list him at 199 pounds. He said he was about 205 the last time he was weighed before the summer and now says he is 212 pounds. He hopes to become a solid rotation player. “That is the goal,” he said. “Get in the rotation and play hard and do what I do and have fun.”
August 18, 2019 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Grizzlies are granting the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ramona Shelburne: As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight Howard may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.