The Charlotte Bobcats took care of a bunch of business on Wednesday by waiving Tyrus Thomas via the amnesty provision, and signing both rookie Cody Zeller and free agent Al Jefferson. They also plan to re-sign Josh McRoberts and once that is finalized the only main item remaining on the offseason agenda will be to lock in shooting guard Gerald Henderson to a long-term contract.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the two sides are far apart in the negotiations, so now the Bobcats are calling around the league to see if any sign-and-trade deals can be done. Henderson's agent, Arn Tellem, is probably asking for a deal which averages between $7.5 million to $8.5 million and that reportedly is too high for the Bobcats.
Should this drag on, Henderson could just accept the $4,531,456 qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2014. ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton ranks Henderson as the sixth-best available free agent.
"Henderson took his game to a new level after the All-Star break, averaging 18.5 points per game. While that was partially explained by increased playing time, he pushed his per-36 averages from 16.6 points and 2.6 assists before the break to 19.0 points and 3.7 assists thereafter. His true shooting percentage also improved from .514 to .547. The Bobcats might be able to get a good deal to bring back the restricted free agent, who apparently has drawn little outside interest."