Will the Milwaukee Bucks Trade John Henson?

By David Grant
John Henson Milwaukee Bucks
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This season has not gone well; in fact it has been downright awful. The good news is that the Milwaukee Bucks will probably finish dead last, resulting in a high draft pick. Given that the season is “over” they also have some flexibility with trades. If the Bucks are looking to remove a couple of bad contracts they may have to include a player of worth. The Bucks may want to consider trading John Henson.

To be clear, trading Henson only makes sense if the Bucks keep Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. The assumption here is that Henson is a luxury the Bucks can afford to part with. This only makes sense if the Bucks are targeting a big man (Joel Embiid for example) in the upcoming draft lottery. Henson is having somewhat of a breakout year, averaging over 15 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per 36 minutes. He is still learning and his potential ceiling is still very high. Henson is on the way up and his value is high around the league. The Bucks rarely get to move a player when their value is high, so it’s a good feeling to have an extra trade chip if needed. Tobias Harris was an exception as his trade was at a similarly high level and was a very poor deal.

Bottom line: Trading a talent like Henson is not a good idea unless the Bucks receive a lot of value in return. If someone offers a young player with potential and another lottery pick then a trade should be considered, but only under the assumption that the Bucks will be drafting a big man with their own pick.

David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports.  Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant.

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