Dallas Mavericks are reportedly close to signing free-agent Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Monday that the Mavericks have agreed on a deal with Kidd-Gilchrist.
“Free agent Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell Tim MacMahon and me. He negotiated a contract buyout with Charlotte over weekend,” Wojnarowski wrote in an Instagram post.
Gilchrist was the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft but his career never really kicked off. He has been a member of the Charlotte Hornets squad since being drafted in 2012. Into the eight season in the NBA, 26-year old Kid-Gilchrist was waived by the Hornets only a few days back.
Although he might not get increased game time with the Mavericks, his presence might help the team defensively. He would add to the depth of the squad and can influence with a strong defensive presence.
Kristaps Porzingis happy on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joining Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis felt Kidd-Gilchrist could help the team defensively and he was happy for a new addition.
“He is a good defender. I think he is going to give us that spark on defence maybe. I haven’t seen him play for a while. Maybe, I haven’t watched enough basketball. But I am happy to have an addition to the team,” Porzingis said after the Mavericks’ loss to Utah Jazz on Monday.
I asked Porzingis about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and here’s what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/0lH5qFkpbA
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The Mavericks’ loss against Utah was their third in the last four games. They are currenlty eight in the Western Conference with a 0.593 record. They are, however, comfortably placed for a playoff spot with five wins more than the eight placed Memphis Grizzlies.
The Mavericks would like to keep the difference and stay in comfort zone. An increased depth with the new signings would definitely help them in that.