According to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, the Cavs and Knicks — who are playing each other on Monday — were engaged in trade talks regarding John Henson. Per Haynes, the talks have “since cooled.”
New York and Cleveland had been engaged in trade talks with John Henson included as part of a deal, but dialogue has since cooled, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 4, 2020
Henson is one of Cleveland’s many veteran expiring contracts, and at $9.7 million, easier to match salaries with than a Tristan Thompson or Kevin Love. The Knicks are an odd fit for Henson considering they are bad and already have a lot of bigs, including a really interesting center in Mitchell Robinson.
Still, this might not be the last deal involving Henson. He’s a rim protecting center on an expiring deal, so he might be interesting to a number of teams out there. And considering he’s probably not in Cleveland’s plans beyond this season, it makes sense for the Cavs to get something in return for Henson. If it were structured like the Jordan Clarkson trade that netted the Cavs Dante Exum, it might look like Henson for a second-round pick, Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson. Henson for Ntilikina and Dotson might be enough on its own.
Perhaps the Cavs will revisit a potential deal with the Knicks before Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline.