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NBA Trade Rumors: Cats Offering Gerald Henderson for a 1st Rounder

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It looks as if Ben Gordon isn’t the only shooting guard the Charlotte Bobcats are trying to trade.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the ‘Cats are offering guard Gerald Henderson to teams for a first-round pick.

While Gerald Henderson has grown as a player since he was drafted 12th overall in 2009, the Rich Cho is driving a large bargain. Henderson has dealt with several injuries in his four years, having not played 70 games in his career. But for a team that could use a spark off the bench and someone to spread the floor, most likely a playoff team, Henderson could step in and be that.

On the season, he’s averaging 12.8 points on 43 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from the arch. But as a reserve he’s been more efficient, averaging 10 points per game on 48 percent shooting and 55 percent from 3 in 220 total minutes.

It’s clear that the Bobcats are attempting to build toward their future as they’ll likely have a top five pick this season. This team has a long ways to go, but the development of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker is most important is they want to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Compared to last season, they’re on the right track.

After posting the worst loss percentage in NBA history, 7-59 (.106 percent), they’ve won 13 games this year. Unfortunately for Charlotte, every other team in the Eastern Conference is improving, so it’ll take depth and solid veterans to make the jump to the eighth seed over a Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors or Cleveland Cavaliers team.

But if Cho and the front office can convince someone to give them a first round draft pick for a seventh or eighth rotation player, then the improvements will come faster than they expect.