The Charlotte Bobcats have exercised their option on shooting guard Gerald Henderson. He’ll remain with the team through the 2012-2013 season, after which the Bobcats have the ability to make him a restricted free agent. The extension is worth three million dollars.
Henderson is averaging 15.4 points, one steal, almost two assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. Those numbers are almost double his career averages and the third-year player has come into his own of late; Over the past six games he’s averaged just under 20 points per.
Charlotte picked Henderson out of Duke University with the 12th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Although his defensive numbers aren’t great, Henderson has the athletic ability to become a solid wing defender.
At the very least, the deal means Charlotte fans will be able to see him continue to develop, and at the most it means he figures to be in the long term plans of this young Bobcats team.
All I know is it means I’ll be able to see him do a whole lot of this for at least one more year.
The first tweet I saw about this was from @BobcatsBballPR, B.J. Evan.
Spencer Percy tweeted the money details, and you can follow him at @QCsportscrave.