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Charlotte Observer: Henderson Sees Opportunity In Rip City

by Cody Sharrett

Before hitting the links for his second annual golf outing benefitting homeless children in the Charlotte area, Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson spent some time with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer to talk about his departure from the Hornets this summer. The veteran swingman was traded along with up-and-coming power forward Noah Vonleh to Portland in exchange for Nicolas Batum back in June. 

After six seasons in Charlotte of witnessing teammates come and go, Henderson admitted that he wasn't shocked to find out he was dealt to the Trail Blazers. To land in Rip City, however, was a pleasant surprise for the 27-year-old shooting guard. He told Bonnell:

“It was not so much about being traded as where I was going. This is a contract year. I wanted to be at a place with opportunity, a good organization and potentially a chance to win. I got all those things in Portland.”

Henderson brings career averages of 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game to Rip City. Along with returnee CJ McCollum, the former Duke star will help to fill the void left by Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo's departures this offseason.

Off the court, Henderson's charity golf tournament raised over $70,000 in its first year for "A Child's Place," an organization supporting homeless youth in Charlotte. 

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