Friday, September 6, 2013

Ex-Jayhawk Henry signs with Lakers


Former Kansas University basketball guard Xavier Henry on Thursday signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak announced.

Terms of the contract have not been announced. The Los Angeles Times, however, reported he will make $916,099 for the upcoming season.

However, the Times reports the contract for the 6-foot-6 Henry is likely only partially guaranteed.

He could be battling Shawne Williams for the final roster spot on the team.

Henry, 22, averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds a game in 50 appearances for the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) last season.

He averaged 12.5 minutes per game. He started his career as the No. 12 overall pick of Memphis in the 2010 NBA Draft.

The Lakers now have 14 players under contract. They are also expected to sign second-round draft pick Ryan Kelly (48th overall).

The Times reports the Lakers will bring 16 to 20 players to training camp but can only carry 13 to 15 into the regular season.


Jeff Coffman 8 years, 4 months ago

Congrats Henry...make the most of this opportunity.

mikehawk 8 years, 4 months ago

It has been beat to death, but so what. Here goes... If Henry and Selby, for example, stay one, or two more years, get there names well known nationally through the college game, does that eventually translate to marketability at the professional level? Professional NBA teams are trying to sell tickets and rely heavily on the star player system as much as ultimate team success. A team signs a player and their fan base goes, "wow, I remember him. He was really good in college." Does that go into the factoring of an NBA team signing a player like the two the mentioned when in reality Xavier and Josh are in a huge pool of their size and talent players at the next level. Maybe the "threat of injury, you will never get this chance again" piece of the equation in the decision to declare or not needs to consider the above in the equation, also. Maybe.

Hawk8086 8 years, 4 months ago

If it is partially guaranteed, and he doesn't make the team........again, it calls in to question whether he should have stayed in school longer or not. Time will tell.

Robbie Sanders 8 years, 4 months ago

As a fan I wish a lot of guys would stay longer but unfortunately staying in school does not guarantee NBA success. X and Josh made the best decisions for themselves and their families at that time. One year or four years of college , neither one of those guys was going to be an NBA superstar. But given the right situation they could both be good rotational players . Congrats X make the most of this opportunity !!

otaKU 8 years, 4 months ago

I would argue that Xavier Henry probably made the best decision for him and his family AT THAT TIME. However, Josh Selby did not make the best decision AT THAT TIME (Note - the reason I am capitalizing is just for emphasis). Selby would've made a much better decision from a draft standpoint to stay. At the time, if I remember correctly, he was a projected late first round/second round pick and had the potential to go earlier. Henry was a lock for the lottery pretty much.

Andy Godwin 8 years, 4 months ago

Henry's goal was to play in the NBA (not get a fine education at KU), which he has achieved. Whether staying an extra year would have improved his draft selection (#12) and staying power in the league is only speculation. He has the opportunity to become a role player in the NBA, which may be he highest level he would ever achieve whether he stayed in college an extra year. Talent rises to the top and as we know a great college player does not always translate into a star in the NBA.

Jack Jones 8 years, 4 months ago

$900,000 + ?? ~ Professional sports salaries are so out of line ~ reality-wise.

Hawk8086 8 years, 4 months ago

There is always the question as to whether a player develops better in college or in practice as a pro. Would Henry have been better prepared, and more importantly, have a longer and / or more lucrative career by staying? If he does not make the Lakers this year, you could argue he should have stayed....depending on what happens from here. Yes, the argument is if you are guaranteed to be drafted in the first round, then you should go. However, if someone flames out after 3 years, you ask yourself if they should have stayed. Classic example.........Julian Wright. Don't know if he would have had a better career or not if he had stayed.

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