According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Charlotte Bobcats are exploring sign-and-trade options for restricted free-agent Gerald Henderson. This comes after Henderson and the Bobcats reportedly came to an impasse on contract details.
The question is, what could the Bobcats potentially receive for Henderson?
Per Wojnarowski, Henderson is seeking a deal in the neighborhood of $8.5 to $9.5 million per season. While that may seem like a lofty amount for a relatively unknown player, the former Duke Blue Devils had a breakout 2012-13 campaign.
Henderson, 25, averaged 18.9 points per game in 30 appearances after the All-Star break.
With his desire for money to match his progression, the active Bobcats have come to a stalling point. With the potential for Henderson to bring back something strong, they're now pursuing potential deals.
With that being said, their preference is to keep the 6'5" shooting guard.
The question is, where would he go if a trade were to be executed?
Bobcats Receive: Monta Ellis, SG, UFA
Bucks Receive: Gerald Henderson, SG, RFA
According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, the Charlotte Bobcats are interested in acquiring shooting guard Monta Ellis. David Aldridge of NBA.com, however, reports that Ellis has cut his list down to three teams, and Charlotte isn't one of them.
With Zillgitt reporting that the Bobcats are still in play, it all comes down to who can offer the best deal.
This one should intrigue the Bucks, who have O.J. Mayo at shooting guard but continue to be without an answer at small forward. Should they believe that Henderson can slide over to the 3—something he's done in the past—Milwaukee may be inclined to negotiate a sign-and-trade including Ellis.
That is, if Ellis actually wants to come to the Bobcats.
While some have complained about Ellis' inefficiency, that's hardly a valid case to make. From 2006 to 2011, Ellis averaged 21.2 points on 47.2 shooting from the field—elite consistency.
Creating a starting lineup of Kemba Walker, Ellis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller and Al Jefferson certainly sounds intriguing.
Bobcats Receive: Derrick Williams, PF
Timberwolves Receive: Gerald Henderson, SG, RFA
According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, the Minnesota Timberwolves have talked to the Charlotte Bobcats about a potential deal for Gerald Henderson. Wolfson makes a point to note that the discussions could have taken place before the T-Wolves signed Kevin Martin.
Until that's clarified, it's a potential deal worth exploring.
If the Bobcats are to lose their 25-year-old shooting guard, they might as well get some value back. Addressing their interior is no longer a need—a refreshing thing to say in Charlotte—but Derrick Williams is a former second overall draft choice.
One that has been shopped around the trade market throughout the duration of his two-year career.
For the Bobcats, executing this trade is all about maximizing their value and landing players that can help them build for the future. While finding a shooting guard may be a priority, the Timberwolves don't have any besides the recently acquired Martin.
If they can swing Williams—something that may require parting with Brendan Haywood—it would be a deal worth executing.
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