Milwaukee Bucks reserve big man John Henson has agreed to a four-year extension. ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported the deal, saying it was in the $45 million range. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports it’s a $44 million extension that can reach up to $48 million with incentives, and the deal also includes a signing bonus and front-loaded payments.
Henson, 24, enjoyed a solid season playing primarily as a reserve for the upstart Bucks last year, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 56.6 percent from the field in 18.3 minutes per game. His playing time went up to 25.5 minutes per game in the postseason, where he averaged 8.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks while shooting 58.5 percent from the field.
Henson’s agent had been negotiating with Bucks general manager John Hammond all summer before finally securing this deal, a contract that makes sense with the cap rising in the next few years. The youngster has a somewhat limited offensive game, but he has good potential as a rim protector with room to grow alongside Milwaukee’s other young core players.