2013 NBA Free Agency: Will Cleveland Cavaliers Go After Gerald Henderson?

By Ryan Heckman
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Wayne Ellington, C.J. Miles, Luke Walton, Alonzo Gee and Daniel Gibson? That’s all you’ve got? Yikes.

Aside from Dion Waters being on the rise, the Cleveland Cavaliers undoubtedly need to address the wing positions this offseason or they are in a world of trouble. With the 2013 NBA Draft coming up, they are most likely set on grabbing Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. That being said, their next priority after locking up Noel is to nab a solid wing player.

One of the routes they could choose to go is via free agency. There are going to be quite a few decent options available for the Cavs, and one of the better, under-the-radar players out there is Charlotte Bobcats swingman Gerald Henderson.

Henderson possesses great size for his position and many skills that could fit in nicely with Cleveland. He has the ability to get to the basket and create his own offense, which is something the Cavs really don’t have outside of point guard Kyrie Irving – at least nobody who can do it at the level Henderson can.

Last season, Henderson averaged 15.5 points per game on about 45 percent shooting. That’s right around where you would expect a decent shooting guard to be. For the Cavaliers, it would definitely be an upgrade from the inconsistent play they have had from their other guys.

Henderson likely won’t demand an enormous contract, but is one of the better names out there on the market so he could be more expensive than you might guess. With some of the bigger names ideally fitting into larger markets, Henderson could wind up being one of the guys the Cavs go after.

The former Duke Blue Devil has only been in the league for three years and at 25 years of age possesses a bright future. With plenty of room to learn and develop his game even further, his case could only be helped with a point guard like Irving. A back court of these two may end up surprising people if Cleveland ends up going after him.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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