Report: Bucks and John Henson want him traded

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The Bucks have too many centers – Thon Maker, Greg Monroe, John Henson and Spencer Hawes – and too high of a payroll.

As Milwaukee looks to duck the luxury tax, a center is likely to get moved. Maybe one center in particular.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Big man John Henson could be a prime trade candidate.

There is mutual interest and motivation from both sides on finding the 6-11 center a new home, league sources tell ESPN.

But is there any interest from another team in acquiring Henson, who’s owed $31,732,398 over the next three years?

That’s not an awful price for the 26-year-old Henson in a vacuum. Few teams need centers, though.

Henson is an excellent shot-blocker who’s still learning how to balance that skill with still grabbing defensive rebounds. He isn’t strong and can get pushed around inside, and he’s only OK defending pick-and-rolls. He’s at his best on hook shots offensively, though last year, he took way more jumpers than usual, which drove down his efficiency.

Monroe and Hawes (both surely also trade candidates) will be free agents next year. So, maybe Milwaukee would be glad to have Henson behind Maker a year from now.

But the luxury-tax concerns are more pressing.