The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have acquired guard Xavier Henry from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 2013 second round pick.
“We are delighted to welcome Xavier to our team and the New Orleans community,” said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps. “We hope Xavier will develop into a good basketball player that will contribute to the success of the New Orleans Hornets this season and into the future.”
Henry (6-6, 220), is in his second NBA season after being selected 12th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Kansas. Last year, in 38 games (16 starts) for Memphis, Henry averaged 4.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 13.9 minutes of action.
The 20-year-old from Oklahoma City played just one collegiate season at Kansas, becoming the first player in KU history to leave for the NBA after his freshman campaign, posting averages of 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 36 games. Henry was named to the 2010 All Big 12 Rookie Team and was a 2010 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Henry joins San Antonio Spurs’ point guard Tony Parker as the only current Belgium-born players in the NBA.
The Hornets roster now stands at 15.