The Charlotte Bobcats have done a solid job this offseason of adding talent after signing free agent Al Jefferson and drafting Cody Zeller, but with Gerald Henderson a restricted free agent and contract talks stalled, the team may want to trade him to get some talent in return.
The Bobcats tried hard to get Monta Ellis and while they were in the final discussions, he opted for the Dallas Mavericks and now Henderson remains their biggest target and biggest offseason question mark. According to ESPN.com and Yahoo Sports, the team has looked into some sign and trade deals and some suggested ones are with the Timberwolves and the Bucks, as they have some issues with their restricted free agent in Brandon Jennings.
The team offered Henderson a qualifying offer of $4.2 million to make him a restricted free agent and now that deal talks with the Bobcats have slowed, Henderson may feel it's best to move on. The former 12th overall pick in 2009 scored 18.9 points per game after the All-Star break in 30 games and he set career highs with 15.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and one steal in 31.4 minutes per game and that could make him an attractive piece.
Bleacher Report reported on a couple deal ideas and one is with the Timberwolves for Derrick Williams, but this came before the team signed Kevin Martin. Williams was mentioned in trade talks numerous times this offseason, but the team decided not to deal him and now it might be too late, as Henderson may be redundant with Martin on the floor. The other possible deal could be for Brandon Jennings, as he has been rumored in deals to the Pistons since the Bucks can't agree on a deal with him. Jennings could thrive in an offense with Kemba Walker and Jefferson, but it remains to be seen if the Bucks want to part ways with him.
The Bobcats are going through a number of changes this offseason and in the future, as the team will eventually become the Hornets again and now their front office is changing a bit as well. Owner Michael Jordan has promoted his brother Larry to director of player personnel after he served as director of special projects, according to the Charlotte Observer. Jordan has been criticized in the past for his evaluations on players and his ownership moves and now he brings another close relative to a major position.
The position for the team had been vacant for three years, according to the Yahoo report and now Jordan will answer to team president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho. Jordan has said that his brother helped him develop into the player he was and that he has the skills to be a solid front office man. Larry played professionally for the World Basketball League's Chicago Express in 1988, according to Yahoo.