The Milwaukee Bucks have picked up the options for next season on John Henson and Brandon Knight. Henson’s option was for his third year and Knight’s was for his fourth year. Per the Bucks PR Team:
The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on John Henson (6-11, 220), and the fourth-year contract option on Brandon Knight (6-3, 189), General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Henson, 22, appeared in 63 games (nine starts) during his rookie season, averaging 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. The 14thoverall pick by Milwaukee in last year’s draft, Henson posted eight double-figure rebounding games in his rookie season, including 25 boards against Orlando on April 10 that stood as the high game by a rookie in the NBA last season.
Knight, 21, joins the Bucks this season after playing his first two years for the Detroit Pistons, where he was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The third-year guard has started 135 of his 141 career games, with averages of 13.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest.
Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option.
It’s pretty much standard operation procedure in the NBA to pick up the options on early first round picks like Henson and Knight. Most recently, the Bucks picked up options for Brandon Jennings, Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh. Milwaukee did not pick up the option for Joe Alexander in 2009 for his third season, making him the highest ever selection (8th) to fail to have his third-year option picked up.