The Los Angeles Lakers made the signing of swingman Xavier Henry official on Thursday. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak announced the move and the team confirmed it on their website. The Lakers would not release any details on the contract per team policy.
Henry was once a very highly thought of prospect. Back in 2009, Henry was a McDonalds.com, Rivals.com ranked Henry as a five-star prospect and the eighth best player in the country. He signed with Kansas and after one year with the Jayhawks, he was the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He spent his first three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. In January of 2012, Henry was acquired by New Orleans Hornets as a part of a three-team trade that sent Marreese Speights to Memphis Grizzlies and two future second round picks to Philadelphia 76ers.
In 50 games last season, the 6’6 Henry averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. He shot 41.0% from the floor, 36.4% from three and 63.0% from the free throw line.
It’s worth the risk for the Lakers to keep bringing guys like this into camp, especially someone like Henry, who is still just 22 years old.