One of the notable restricted free agents still available on the NBA's free agent list is about to come off the board. Gerald Henderson is set to sign a three-year, $18 million contract extension with the Charlotte Bobcats that should be finalized by early next week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The re-signing of Henderson was a critical move for a Bobcats team that has made strives toward legitimacy this offseason. Charlotte had previously signed former Jazz forward Al Jefferson to a three-year deal to give the team some desperately needed scoring in the front court. The Bobcats used the No. 4 pick in the 2013 draft on Indiana center Cody Zeller, who drew rave reviews for his summer league performance. Throw in Henderson, the team's second leading scorer last year, and Charlotte could have its best team since the 2010 squad that reached the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Henderson is an athletic wing known for finishing strong at the rim, and also a sound perimeter defender. The 25-year-old showed improvements in his three-point stroke last season by hitting a career-high 33 percent of his shots from deep. If Henderson can continue to work on his efficiency from outside, the Bobcats could have a promising backcourt with he and Kemba Walker.
At Rufus on Fire, Ben Swanson detailed why it was so difficult for the team and player to agree to terms:
Both sides seemed to be separated on Henderson's value, resulting in the what seemed to be a deal fated to never come to agreement. The first news to leak was that the team and the four-year veteran were a vast distance apart in negotiations, resulting in the Bobcats searching out possible sign-and-trade partners. Recent reports said the two sides had continued discussions but were still far apart on the issue of compensation. However, there have been zero reports of Henderson signing any offer sheets, so the market demand for Henderson looks like it wouldn't meet his financial desire either.
Henderson averaged a career-best 15.5 points per game last season for Charlotte.
Timofey Mozgov is re-signing with the Denver Nuggets on a three-year, $14 million contract. Every Timofey Mozgov post is legally obligated to feature an embedded video of the time Blake Griffin dunked all over him:
Mozgov appeared in only 41 games for Denver last season while playing behind starter Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee, but he should see more time this season after the Nuggets dealt Koufos for power forward Darrell Arthur earlier this offseason. Mozgov averaged only 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game this past season, but he's a solid interior defender thanks to his massive 7'1, 250-pound frame.
The 27-year-old Mozgov has the first two seasons of his new deal guaranteed, while the third will be a team option.
Denver Stiffs outlined a few reasons for skepticism over the contract. Here's the first point:
Denver needed to re-sign Mozgov and the leverage was all his after the team traded starting center Kosta Koufos on draft night. The NBA is sever-footer starved and you typically have to pay big for bigs. While this deal for Mozgov is reasonable by itself, it looks odd when compared to 24 year-old Koufos' deal that will pay him just $3 million per season over the next two years. So, you can say the Nuggets determined that Mozgov was worth $5 million more over the life of the contract, but worth $3.2 million more over the next two seasons.
Elias Harris went undrafted after a stellar career at Gonzaga, but the Los Angeles Lakers saw enough from the 6'8 forward in summer league to give him a two-year contract that includes a "significant" guarantee in the first season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The 24-year-old Harris lacks the quickness and range that most NBA small forwards boast, but at 6'8, 240 pounds, he does have tremendous size. Harris shot only 17 percent from three point as a senior for the Bulldogs, but he connected on 41.4 percent of his threes as a junior. He also shot over 50 percent from the field in every season at Gonzaga.
Harris posted 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for a 3-2 Lakers team in Las Vegas Summer League.
The Oklahoma City Thunder haven't signed a free agent this offseason in hopes of staying just below the luxury tax threshold, a strategy that will have financial consequences for the team's rookies, as well. Most rookies get 120 percent of their slotted scale without much hassle, but Andre Roberson wasn't so lucky.
According to Mark Deeks of Sham Sports, Roberson has agreed to sign for 80 percent of the slot scale. He'll earn $740,560 next season and $1.16 million in his second season. The Thunder now have $70,375,510 committed in salaries, just below the luxury tax line of $71,600,000.
Roberson was selected at No. 26 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2013 NBA Draft, and was later traded to the Thunder.
The Brooklyn Nets continued to mold their bench on Friday by agreeing to a two-year contract with guard Alan Anderson. Anderson averaged 10.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Raptors last year, but did it on just 38.3 percent shooting from the field. While Anderson's overall efficiency was not good, he is a 34.9 percent shooter from three-point territory over his career.
Anderson, 30, spent four years playing overseas in between stops with the Bobcats and Raptors. He'll join a Brooklyn bench that already includes Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston and Jason Terry.