Milwaukee Bucks Links: Wall Street Edition  John Henson signed his rookie deal, which pays Henson for at least two years and gives the Bucks a team option for the third and fourth seasons.  According to Larry Coon’s CBA FAQ page, the slotted rookie scale for the 154th pick of the first round was $1,519,400. The Bucks were allowed to pay him up to 120% of rookie scale (and did), so his salary for the first two seasons will be $1,823,280 and $1,905,360 respectively.  The salary cap for the 2012-13 season will stay fixed at 2011-12 levels: $58.044 million. The tax level for the upcoming season has been set at $70.307 million, meaning that any team whose team salary exceeds that figure will pay a $1 tax for each $1 by which it exceeds $70.307 million.  I’d say ouch, but some of that money is certain to come back to the Bucks, so it’s actually a most beautiful rule.  Thank you, Knicks. Thank you, Nets.

The mid-level exception will remain at $5 million, while the taxpayer “mini” mid-level exception will be $3.09 million.  Those exceptions are not available to teams under the cap, who instead will have available the room mid-level exception which will be set at $2.575 million.

Twitter (@GeryWoelfel): Could be Bucks be taking a look at Ian Mahinmi?

For the right price, Mahinmi could be an excellent choice as a backup center — unlike the Bucks’ many tweeners — but there seem to be a number of suitors for his services.

BrewHoop: The roster is filling up rapidly, but the one seeming hole is depth at the shooting guard spot.  Steve von Horn nominates Marco Belinelli as the most sensible candidate. (Keep scrolling, you’ll find it.) I second that motion.

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