Bobcats Exploring Sign-And-Trade For Henderson

8:28am: The Bobcats' preference remains to re-sign Henderson, but the team is open to considering sign-and-trade options, says Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

THURSDAY, 12:03am: The Bobcats are reluctant to offer Henderson a deal with a starting salary between $7.5MM and $8.5MM, Wojnarowski writes. That led the team to enter the mix for Monta Ellis, a favorite of executive Rod Higgins from their days together with Golden State.

WEDNESDAY, 11:12pm: Negotiations between the Bobcats and Gerald Henderson have hit a stalemate, and the team has begun reaching out to multiple other clubs to see if there are any sign-and-trade possibilities, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. There hasn't been much chatter about the restricted free agent this month, though teams may have been waiting to see how negotiations went between Charlotte and agent Arn Tellem.

Henderson largely plateaued this season after showing steady improvement over his first three years in the league. His points, assists and rebounding averages were virtually the same in 2012/13 as they were in the previous season, but a jump to 33% shooting from three-point range for the career 27.2% long-distance shooter shows a degree of promise, as does his 16.4 PER in 2012/13, his best number yet in that category.

Charlotte struggled to find takers for Henderson at the trade deadline, when the team was seeking either a big man, like J.J. Hickson or Timofey Mozgov, or a first-round pick. The Bobcats may have to shoot lower this time around as they seek a return for the player they took 12th overall in 2009.

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