NBA Free Agency: OJ Mayo vs Gerald Henderson

April 20, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (15) drives past Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo (32)during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Grizzlies win 85-80. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

On it’s face, the question “should the Bobcats re-sign Gerald Henderson or go after OJ Mayo in this year’s NBA free agency bonanza?” should have a simple answer.

Most people outside of Charlotte would say Mayo is better than Hendo. Are they right?

Well… No.

Mayo averaged 15 points, four assists and three rebounds per game last year with Dallas. Henderson averaged 15.5 points, a little under three assists and a little under four rebounds per game last season with Charlotte. Plus, Hendo’s PER was more than two points higher than Mayo’s.

Mayo did shoot better from beyond the arc, but Hendo’s field goal percentage was almost identical to Mayo’s.

The problem here is money. It’s a problem that will plague Charlotte’s decision to go hard after either of these guys.

Kevin Martin agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves that will probably land him four years and 30 million dollars. His 2013 stat-line? 14 points, 1.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.

If he’s getting a deal worth $7.5 million per year, the market value for shooting guards with his numbers has been set.

Most Bobcats people I trust say the team doesn’t really want to go over $6.5 million a year to sign Henderson.

Everyone I know says Mayo isn’t worth that much.

But, PR move or not, the Bobcats are entertaining Al Jefferson and the idea of signing him to a long-term contract.

That is a win now move.

You can’t win now without a competent shooting guard to man that backcourt with Kemba Walker.


Topics: Charlotte Bobcats, NBA Free Agency

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