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onewickedlady 07-27-2013 05:13 PM

Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
Source: Bobcats, Henderson reach deal


By Rick Bonnell
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Saturday, Jul. 27, 2013
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The Charlotte Bobcats and shooting guard Gerald Henderson, above, have agreed in principle to a three-year, $18 million contract extension, a knowledgeable source confirmed Friday night.
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The Charlotte Bobcats and shooting guard Gerald Henderson have agreed in principle to a three-year, $18 million contract extension, a knowledgeable source confirmed Friday night.

The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will give shooting guard Henderson the option to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

A restricted free agent, Henderson was second on the Bobcats in scoring last season at 15.5 points per game. He finished strong, averaging 23.9 points over the last 23 games, on 48 percent shooting from the field and 86 percent from the foul line.

Henderson accepted less money in return for the player option after the second season of the deal.

Henderson and point guard Kemba Walker acted as co-captains last season. The Bobcats drafted Henderson 12th overall in 2009 out of Duke. After four seasons, he’s the Bobcats’ longest-tenured player on a roster that has experienced considerable turnover the past three years.

With Henderson returning, it appears the Bobcats have completed their major off-season transactions. Earlier in the free-agency period the Bobcats committed $41 million over the next three seasons on center Al Jefferson, a low-post scorer who last played for the Utah Jazz.

Before signing Jefferson, the Bobcats drafted Indiana forward Cody Zeller fourth overall. Zeller excelled this month in Las Vegas, being named to that summer league’s all-tournament team. So was shooting guard/small forward Jeff Taylor.

Henderson’s return projects a starting lineup for next season of him and Walker at the guard spots, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Zeller at forward and Jefferson at center. Bismack Biyombo, Taylor and Ben Gordon figure to the top three players off the bench in the 2013-14 season.

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LJJ 07-29-2013 03:26 AM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
That's a sweet deal.

ukballer 07-29-2013 03:55 AM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
Agree, this is a great deal for the Bobcats. I was realistically thinking he'd want a deal between the $8-$10mill range per year, but $6mill a year is great. He's only 25 too, so he has a few more years where he could get even better.

rufuspaul 07-29-2013 10:12 AM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ukballer
Agree, this is a great deal for the Bobcats. I was realistically thinking he'd want a deal between the $8-$10mill range per year, but $6mill a year is great. He's only 25 too, so he has a few more years where he could get even better.



Glad they got this done. Good deal for both parties.

LJJ 07-29-2013 10:28 AM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
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Originally Posted by rufuspaul
Glad they got this done. Good deal for both parties.


Eh, considering Derozan is going into a new 40+/4 contract this season I wouldn't be too thrilled with my agent right now if I was Henderson.

onewickedlady 07-29-2013 01:09 PM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LJJ
Eh, considering Derozan is going into a new 40+/4 contract this season I wouldn't be too thrilled with my agent right now if I was Henderson.


Hendo has a player's option in his contract. That's a good thing for Hendo.

Hoodlum Science 07-29-2013 07:25 PM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
Like rufus said, good deal for both parties, with perhaps the 'Cats coming out slightly on the better end. Henderson is a very talented guy, and I've opened up to him whereas when we initially drafted him I was skeptical and thought to myself "here we go again" - another "hometown" (Duke) pick, but this one is working out thus far.

Henderson has shown flashes of greatness, just not consistently enough to have us open the checkbook and say "how much!?" ... but in three years, who knows? I think these next few seasons will be Henderson's moment of truth, if you will. I don't think it's likely, but it's possible G.H. could blow up and develop into one of the league's premier swing-men, elevating from a 15ppg to the 22-24 range, all the while improving his defense and crashing the boards, then maybe we can talk about mega dollars. At the present, 6 mil a year seems fair.

Like wicked said, we needed to sign him. No question about it. If he were to "blow up" we'd rather have him do it in Charlotte instead of anywhere else.

rufuspaul 07-31-2013 02:44 PM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
I'm hoping Hendo has a breakout year. I have a feeling we're going to see a lot of improvement from Jeff Taylor too.

Kemba/Sessions/?
Hendo/Gordon/Taylor
MKG/Taylor
Zeller/McRoberts
Jefferson/Biz/Haywood

That's starting to look like a legit NBA team.

onewickedlady 07-31-2013 03:39 PM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rufuspaul
I'm hoping Hendo has a breakout year. I have a feeling we're going to see a lot of improvement from Jeff Taylor too.

Kemba/Sessions/?
Hendo/Gordon/Taylor
MKG/Taylor
Zeller/McRoberts
Jefferson/Biz/Haywood

That's starting to look like a legit NBA team.


I want to see Hendo have a breakout year and after that he'll want an arm and a leg to re-sign with us given his free agent status in season 2014-2015. And yes I agree that Taylor will feel his wheaties this year.

insidehoops 08-06-2013 07:24 AM

Re: Bobcats and Henderson reach a deal
 
Henderson, who averaged a career-high 15.5 points per game last season, is particularly excited about the addition of big men Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller, who he said will not only help the team, but should also free up open looks for him and the team's other guards.

"I think with more attention on guys down low it frees up the perimeter a bunch," Henderson said. "Any team with a good big man, you will see the guards get more freedom and have more open shots. With Al, teams are going to have to double team him so you have more chances for open shots."

Henderson is eager to cash in.

-- AP


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