Cavs: John Henson could be a valuable reserve piece for contenders

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Cleveland Cavaliers big man John Henson smiles before a game versus the Atlanta Hawks. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

When he’s been active for the Cleveland Cavaliers, big man John Henson has played well, and he could be a valuable reserve for a contender.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten quality play out of big man John Henson when he’s been active for the club.

That’s been a pleasant surprise, as Henson did not play at all last season for Cleveland after he was a piece sent over in a three-team trade by the Milwaukee Bucks (which also the Washington Wizards).

That was the case because of a reported torn left wrist ligament, and unfortunately for Henson, he missed all of the preseason due to reported hamstring and then ankle ailments.

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Henson also missed 17 games after making an appearance in Cleveland’s second game of the 2019-20 season against the Indiana Pacers due to a reported hamstring strain, which was seemingly in relation to his prior hamstring issue.

Henson also simply been held out of games due to coach’s decisions in a few instances, too. When the 29-year-old has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, though, he’s usually given them productive minutes.

In 20 appearances this season, Henson has averaged 4.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-leading 1.3 blocks per game, as noted by NBA.com.

Factoring in that Henson has been a plus defender throughout his NBA career, which has mostly been with the Bucks, I would think Henson could be a valuable reserve piece for contenders.

Henson, who is set to make $9.7 million this season, which is not a complete bargain but is also not extremely expensive in today’s NBA, is on an expiring contract. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t think Henson, especially given his injury issues while as a member of the Cavs, would have a bunch of trade value.

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