Arguably the biggest surprise of last season was the play of Xavier Henry, who was brought in on a veteran minimum deal. Despite having his season sidelined by a handful of injuries, Henry put up career highs in nearly every statistical category. As a result of his on-court production, Henry may be in line for a pay raise, which one contender is ready to give him.
Pacers are targeting Xavier Henry in free agency to replace Evan Turner.
— Shaun Powell (@Powell2daPeople) July 1, 2014
Henry will be an interesting figure on the free agency market, with his production level still unproven and coming off multiple injuries. However, he won’t be signing for the minimum again like last season, and it’s unlikely he’ll be in line for a one-year deal again. The Lakers have been focusing more on the big names and likely won’t be nearly as focused on players like Henry until later in the free agency period. Furthermore, with the Lakers clearing the max amount of cap room, Henry may be on the outside of their plans looking in.
The Pacers may be setting up many back up plans with budding star guard Lance Stephenson possibly on the move. Henry would provide a similar dynamic as Stephenson, proving his playmaking ability when he played point guard for stretches last season due to injury. Surprisingly, he played rather effectively in the position before going down with an injury himself.
Do you think Henry will be back with the Lakers next season, and if not, which team would suit him best?