The 76ers have a lot of young guys on their roster from the Sam Hinkie rebuild. They've now reportedly added a veteran into the mix, and a solid one.
According to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, the Sixers have agreed to a two-year deal with former Portland Trail Blazers wing Gerald Henderson. The deal will pay Henderson $18 million over the two seasons.
Free agent guard Gerald Henderson reaches agreement with Sixers on two-year, $18 million pact, league sources inform @clevelanddotcom.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 5, 2016
Henderson had a great year with the Blazers by providing quality outside shooting at 35.3 percent, good defense on the wing and versatility within the lineup that Terry Stotts loves. He averaged 8.7 points in 19.9 minutes but had a much bigger impact than just the scoring. He was also an important veteran voice for a remade young roster that experienced some incredible and mostly surprising success as they won 44 games and made the second-round of the West playoffs.
As Bryan Colangelo has taken over, he's trying to make sure there's better balance between the young guys trying to find their NBA potential and strong veteran voices to help the young players find their way. They've already agreed with Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez this summer and are adding another player on the perimeter who can double as a good option for playing time and a good leader. Henderson's presence will further help Philly's locker room.
This will be the third team for Henderson in his career. Before joining the Blazers last season, he played six years in Charlotte.