The Kings were one of two NBA teams to show interest in Henderson after he went undrafted in 2014, reports Spears.
Henderson, 25 next month, gained infamy during his collage career for his brash, polarizing personality and ability to score points in a hurry. During the 2012–13 season, he averaged 20.1 points per game while shooting 38% from the field and 35% from three-point range. Ole Miss made a run to the third round of the NCAA tournament, upsetting Wisconsin in the first round behind 19 points from Henderson.
Henderson‘s draft stock was largely affected by substance-abuses issues he struggled with since high school. During the summer of ‘13, he was caught in possession of cocaine and marijuana, and suspended for the first three games of the 2013–14 season. In 30 games as a senior, he averaged 19 points per game.
In February, Henderson signed to play overseas with Nift Al-Janoub in Baghdad, Iraq. A story by Spears profiled Henderson’s initial struggles to even land offers from overseas teams; he eventually signed short contracts with Italian teams Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona and OpenjobMetis Varese. Henderson then headed to Qatar and signed with Al Rayyan SC, eventually playing on the 2014 Arab Club championship team and earning MVP honors.
In that March story, Spears reported that Henderson planned to spend the off-season in Dallas, his hometown, while trying to land a NBA Summer League invitation.
The Kings finished 29–53 last season, only a one-game improvement from each of the two prior seasons. Throughout the off-season, rumors of friction between head coach George Karl and center DeMarcus Cousins persisted, but as recently as last week, Kings officials denied the team was considering trading Cousins.
Also in the off-season, the Kings added forward Omri Casspi, point guard Rajon Rondo, shooting guards Marco Belinelli and Caron Butler and center Kosta Koufos. The team also signed forward Luc Mbah a Moute before voiding his contract after he failed his team physical examination.
- Mike Fiammetta