While the Charlotte Bobcats still hope to re-sign restricted free agent Gerald Henderson, the team is prepared to consider other options, such as a sign-and-trade, an informed source said Thursday morning. Bobcats management and Henderson’s representatives met by telephone Wednesday to discuss what Henderson wants and what the team might be prepared to pay him in a new deal. Yahoo Sports reported overnight that the two sides appear to be at an impasse, pushing the team toward sign-and-trade options to get something for Henderson. The source, speaking to the Observer on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, said the Bobcats’ first preference is still to keep Henderson, but that other options should at least be explored. Henderson, with the longest tenure on the Bobcats’ roster at four seasons, had a strong finish last spring. He scored in double figures in each of the Bobcats’ last 24 games, including 10 games of 20 or more points. Lucrative deals signed by Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan ($9.5 million average) and new New Orleans Pelican Tyreke Evans (a reported $8 million-plus per season) have seemingly raised the asking price for young free-agent guards. Henderson said at the conclusion of last season he’d like to re-sign with the Bobcats, in part because he’d prefer to be part of the solution after two seasons when the team went 28-120. If the Bobcats delve deeply into sign-and-trade options, it could potentially rekindle their interest in Monta Ellis, an unrestricted free agent who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins was in the Golden State Warriors’ front office when that team drafted Ellis in 2005, out of high school in Mississippi.
Bobcats prefer retaining Gerald Henderson, but would explore trade options
Charlotte Observer | Jul 11