The Charlotte Bobcats have surprisingly had a decent offseason so far. Their draft pick wasn’t the most popular, taking Cody Zeller number four overall, but their free agency splash of big Al Jefferson has more than made up for that. Not to mention, they have finally gotten rid of the nightmare that was and still is Tyrus Thomas.
Next on the to-do list was to re-negotiate a contract with free agent swingman Gerald Henderson. At this point, however, talks have stalled and both sides have not gotten anywhere close to a deal.
For this reason, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting the team is in the process of exploring sign-and-trade options. Henderson has done a fair job in Charlotte since being brought in out of Duke in 2009, but it may be time for the team to let him go. Executing a sign-and-trade would be in their best interest.
Last season, Henderson averaged 15.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. His final PER on the 2012 season ended at 16.48.
Shooting the ball at just under 45 percent, Henderson was one of their main offensive options throughout the year. If he expresses desire to move on, the Bobcats could likely find a team or two out there interested in a sign-and-trade.
Charlotte is desperately trying to improve the team to change the way their organization is visualized. Instead of being a place where nobody wants to play, having brought in Jefferson and boasting a young, talented point guard in Kemba Walker may begin to entice others.
In this scenario it is unclear what Charlotte could get back in return for Henderson, but I would guess they could find some value out there. Henderson is a viable second or third option on most teams out there right now and I assume he would be welcomed on many franchises at the moment.