HoopsHype Michael Kidd-Gilchrist rumors

July 14, 2012 Updates

His mother concedes "Michael doesn't do media well," but she's confident he'll improve as he matures - just as he's done on the court. "You have to remember Michael doesn't turn 19 until September," Richardson said. "He's always been a very private person. Our entire family is private. We don't make it a habit to share information with outsiders. And when Michael is just Mike, when he's away from cameras and the media, he doesn't have the (stuttering) issue." NBA.com

A month before his third birthday his father, Michael Gilchrist, was shot to death leaving a void in the young boy's life. He grew closer to his uncle, Darrin Kidd, as an adolescent. But he too was taken early, dying of a heart attack the same day Kidd-Gilchrist signed a letter of intent to play at Kentucky. Michael took his uncle's surname as part of his own to honor him. Despite the trauma of Gilchrist's sudden death, Richardson, who has since remarried, doesn't believe that's what caused her son's stuttering problem. "I think it's genetic," she said. "He stuttered when he was young. He's stuttered all his life, actually." NBA.com

That's not unusual, according to Louise Raleigh, a speech pathologist at UNC Greensboro. "Stuttering is normally the tip of the iceberg when it comes to other issues," Raleigh said. "There is also a lot of anxiety that comes when trying to hide stuttering. It's tough for those of us who don't stutter to truly understand the anxiety involved, particularly when it comes to public speaking." NBA.com

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Under the rookie pay scale, salaries for first-round picks are slotted based on draft position. Kidd-Gilchrist will make about $4 million this season. His contract is guaranteed this season and next, and then the Bobcats will have two one-season options, based on the collective bargaining agreement. Charlotte Observer

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Ernie Grunfeld: On if the pick is between Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes or Bradley Beal: It’s fair to say at least two of those three players will be there when it’s our turn to pick. Every draft goes in groupings. Obviously everyone knows who the No. 1 pick is going to be, but after that, there is a group of four or five players that will go anywhere from two to six, depending on who is picking. I think those three players are probably in that grouping, as is Thomas Robinson. Washington Post

The Cleveland Cavaliers are going into Thursday night's draft hoping to land a starting wing with the No. 4 pick to play alongside last year's Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving. According to sources, the Cavs have narrowed their list down to three players: Florida's Bradley Beal, Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes. ESPN.com

So what will Olshey do? Does he get the point guard of the future in Lillard? Does he take a project like Drummond? Or does a talent like Harrison Barnes or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slip to him? "I think what is going to happen is there is a very good chance we take guys who are going to create more questions," Olshey said. "If I go with a guy who solves a need, then people will say we are clearly going young. If you go best player available, and it creates positional redundancy, then it's going to be 'What do you do at these positions?' "What I would really like to do in my world is go into a bunker until July 20 then come out with the aggregate composition. Because then, it will make more sense. Everyone wants to follow this in a linear progression, but everyone forgets there is another step, and another step." Oregonian

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