John Henson posts heartfelt message to Bucks fans following trade to Cavs
Veteran center John Henson has spent his entire seven-year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks, so naturally it must have been tough for the big man to hear that the franchise was trading he and Matthew Dellavedova to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for point guard George Hill on Friday.
However, upon hearing about the trade, Henson took to Twitter to express his appreciation for his time in Milwaukee in a gracious move, saying “I’ll truly miss Milwaukee and I’m so grateful to have been a part of the turnaround the organization has had over the past 7 seasons… But all good things must come to an end.”
I’ll truly miss Milwaukee and I’m so grateful to have been a part of the turnaround the organization has had over the past 7 seasons… But all good things must come to an end. I’m excited to be a part of the Cavs and can’t wait get back on the court!
— John Henson (@Johnhenson31) December 8, 2018
The Bucks drafted Henson with the 14th overall pick in the 2012 Draft out of the University of North Carolina.
Henson is currently out with a wrist injury but had successful surgery on his wrist on Nov. 27. The athletic shot-blocker doesn’t currently have a timetable for his return but he could be out nearly the entire season. In 14 games this season, the 27-year-old is averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Henson has two years left on his contract. He is making $11.33 million this season and $9.73 million next year. The lefty will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.
When he’s able to play, Henson will be the Cavs’ best rim-protector in a rotation that could feature both Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. and he’s a high-energy player who leaves it all on the floor.
Henson has career averages of 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game (405 games). His best statistical season with Milwaukee came during the 2013-14 campaign, when he averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
*All stats gathered from Basketball Reference