Dec. 19, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (9) dunks the ball in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: One big target remains for Charlotte Bobcats


NBA Free Agency: The Charlotte Bobcats have been aggressive so far this offseason, signing the biggest free agent in team history, amnestying Tyrus Thomas and re-signing Josh McRoberts. But, there’s still one more player the ‘Cats need to land.

Technically they’d be re-landing him, but that guy is Gerald Henderson. He put up 15 points and almost four rebounds a game last season. After the All Star break, though, he averaged almost 19 points and exactly four rebounds per game. That post-All-Star run he went on could mean big money for him and big problems for Charlotte.

Shooting guards have been getting paid well this offseason; Kevin Martin got a four-year, $30 million contract, and OJ Mayo is reportedly signing with the Bucks for three years and $24 million. Gerald Henderson had a better season than both of those guys, so it’s hard to imagine some team not offering him at least as much as $7.5 or $8 million.

Charlotte did extend a qualifying offer to Henderson, so the ‘Cats can match any offer that comes his way.

Do they want to do that, though, after giving huge money to Al Jefferson? Do they have a choice?

If they don’t get Henderson back, the Bobcats will be hard-pressed to find a comparable replacement. If they don’t find that replacement, Jeff Taylor will be Charlotte’s starting shooting guard next year.

For an offseason that started out as well as it has for the Bobcats, losing out on Hendo would be a pretty sad ending.

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