With Hendo reportedly requesting in the ballpark of $8-9mil a year I think the Bobcats are asking themselves if he is our long term shooting guard or if we want to take a run at guys like Paul George in free agency next off season and upgrade over Henderson for the price he is asking.
I would love to sign him to a $5-6mil a year contract because we can maintain flexibility with next year's offseason and still be active in competitive. Signing him to a big boy contract like he wants means he is out starter for years to come. He is a good and productive starter, but if they think they can bring in an upgrade at his position next season for any amount of money then they should not sign him simply just because we drafted him.
With all of the salary cap maneuvering that Rich Cho has been doing to create flexibility, he is not going to use it all up just because we can. That is why we were stuck with Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson as our core players, because we overpaid them and had no choice but to stick with them as our go-to guys.