The Bobcats will extend a qualifying offer to Gerald Henderson, making him a restricted free agent, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. According to Bonnell, Byron Mullens will not receive a qualifying offer from the Bobcats
After meeting the starter’s criteria, Henderson and Mullens both were eligible for qualifying offers worth $4,531,459 each. The starters criteria requires each player to average more than 41 starts or 2,000 minutes over the past two seasons to earn a qualifying offer equal to the ninth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Henderson reached career averages in points (15.5), three-point percentage (33%), and player efficiency rating (16.1) last season. His qualifying offer represents a modest bump in salary relative to his improvement. He’ll count $7,753,318 against the Bobcats cap and the team will have three days to match any offer he receives in free agency. Henderson is the longest active tenured player on the Bobcats.
Mullens also saw career highs in points (10.6) and rebounds (6.4), though he only shot 38.5% from the field 31.7% from three. Mullens qualifying offer would have been a hefty raise after making a little over $2.25 million last season. If the Bobcats had extended a qualifying offer, Mullens would have a counted for $5,632,655.
The Bobcats selection of Cody Zeller in the draft, likely sealed the end of Mullens tenure in Charlotte. Instead, he will become an unrestricted free agent and be able to sign outright with any team makes him an offer.