Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Shooting guard Gerald Henderson has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Charlotte Bobcats worth $18 million.
A source knowledgeable of the deal said the contract would give Henderson the option to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.
A restricted free agent, Henderson accepted less money in return for the player option after the second season of the deal.
Henderson was second on the Bobcats in scoring last season at 15.5 points per game. He finished the season strong, averaging 23.9 points over the last 23 games on 48 percent shooting from the field.
A 12th overall pick by the Bobcats in 2009 out of Duke, Henderson is the longest-tenured Bobcats player on the roster.
Earlier, the Bobcats committed $41 million over the next three seasons on center Al Jefferson, who last played for the Utah Jazz. Before signing Jefferson, the Bobcats drafted Indiana forward Cody Zeller fourth overall.
The Bobcats will have a starting lineup of Henderson and Kemba Walker at the guard spots, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Zeller at forward and Jefferson at center.