The Mavericks officially signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist yesterday, February 11, 2020.
The 2012 second overall pick received a buyout from the Charlotte Hornets after failing to crack the rotation this season.

The Mavericks released the following statement…

Mavs sign MKG (2)

Ryan Broekhoff

Although exciting the acquisition of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist cost the squad MFFL fan favorite, Ryan Broekhoff, the accountant. He was placed on waivers and many expect him to be picked up by another team. Bobby Karalla lamented the fact on Twitter after speaking with Rick Carlisle.

The Australian native leaves as not only a fan favorite but one of the classiest individuals on the roster. His professionalism and shooting ability will be sorely missed.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist


Considering his draft position it’s fair to suggest MKG was underwhelming in Charlotte. However, he was able to establish himself as a well respected NBA defender. Exactly what the Mavericks need! Offensive firepower isn’t a major concern for the league’s most potent offense.

After arriving on Tuesday Kidd-Gilchrist wasted little time. He worked out with Mavericks shooting coach Petter Patton while Rick Carlisle watched under the basket. The career 28% 3-point shooter has an unorthodox form many have tried to doctor unsuccessfully.

MKG will be tasked with helping improve a team defense that only forces 12.1 turnovers per game, which is last in the league. Any offensive production Gilchrist can add will be considered icing on the cake. Michael’s defensive prowess is an attractive piece to the Maverick puzzle. He’s able to guard multiple positions while bringing a veteran’s mentality to the locker room. Rick Carlisle is a fan of adaptable players and MKG fits the build.

This change of scenery could help rejuvenate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s career. Rick Carlisle also touched on what he provides in a quick post-workout interview. Brad Townsend was able to share it on Twitter.

MKG’s versatility is an essential reason for his addition. He can play guard, forward and some center giving the Mavericks options on defense. This investment seems to be a perfect fit, especially when coupled with the addition of  Willie Cauley-Stein.
All of a sudden the Mavericks roster is ripe with athleticism and the versatility required to make an impact. 
But are they ready to take the next step towards a deep playoff run? Only time will tell.

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