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Bobcats exploring Gerald Henderson sign-and-trades

Jul 11, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

Gerald Henderson, Quincy Pondexter AP

Bobcats wing Gerald Henderson has steadily improved, both offensively and defensively, since entering the NBA four years ago. Last season, he became a viable 3-point shooter – making 33 percent of his 1.5 attempts beyond the arc per game, both career highs – and that should boost his stock as a free agent in a league increasingly reliant on outside shooting.

But even if teams view Henderson more favorably, that hasn’t resulted in much reported interest – from Charlotte or other teams. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Henderson has a $4,531,459 qualifying offer on the table, and like other restricted free agents on the market, his options are dwindling.

I’m not really sure how a sign-and-trade will get Henderson a much bigger offer or the Bobcats much return. He’s a nice player to have on your team, but I’m not sure anyone will offer a more-lucrative contract than Charlotte has proposed, which seems necessary to get Henderson on board with the transaction, and give up an asset to complete the trade. And if the sign-and-trade partner offers more than the Bobcats are willing, why not just offer Henderson a qualifying offer outright without giving up an asset to complete the trade?

I’d love to see Henderson outside Charlotte, where he’s forced to play as play as a key scorer due to a lack of talent around him. Henderson might thrive next to stars, who would allow him to specialize as a shooter and defender, two of his strengths.

But, for now, the Bobcats hold the cards.

  1. Jorge Lancerio - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    $5mil for the Bobcats’ second best player last season. Not sure if that’s sad or a blessing.

  2. loubearkane - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Would like to see him in Chicago’s back court.

    • solomon151 - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      I was just thinking that.

  3. somekat - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    You could get an asset back if you were trading him to a good team that doesn’t have cap space, and needs to clear some to bring him in. In order to be able to clearly beat what the Bobcats have offered, the team signing him to a sheet probably would need a decent amount of cap space, which means they probably aren’t great, which means they probably don’t have the stars you want to see him play with

    That being said, I don’t see how you’d get much, but you could get something

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    I always figured Gerald Henderson would sneak out of Charlotte and contribute for a good team like San Antonio. He’s shown a lot of improvement.. it’ll be a shame to see him go.

  5. soupkan - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Come to the Pacers,we need him

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