Steve Popper: The Knicks have made it official – announcing the waiving of Myles Powell, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bryce Brown. That finalizes the roster unless they opt to grab another player cut loose from another team.
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Shams Charania: The Knicks are waiving forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium .
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is both and he agreed to sign with the Knicks on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, according to a source. The forward has a long association with Knicks top executive Worldwide Wes, who grew up with Kidd-Gilchrist’s mother and is referred to as ‘Uncle Wes’ by the 27-year-old. “We’re so close he calls my mom ‘Mom,’” Kidd-Gilchrist’s mother, Cindy Richardson, said about Worldwide Wes leading up to the 2012 draft.
Kidd-Gilchrist represents the fifth player former Kentucky player on the Knicks, joining Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, Nerlens Noel and Immanuel Quickley. Nine of the 12 players acquired/signed/drafted by Leon Rose since he took over as team president are either CAA clients or former Kentucky players.
Steve Popper: Knicks announce the Kidd-Gilchrist signing.
Bobby Marks: The New York Knicks are signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a one-year contract, a source tells ESPN. Kidd-Gilchrist gives New York someone who can guard multiple positions. He was one of the better defensive players that was still on the free agent board.
According to sources, the Knicks also view the player known as “MKG” as a solid locker room guy. However, Kidd-Gilchrist wouldn’t address the Knicks desire to improve their outside shooting.
The Mavericks signed Kidd-Gilchrist in February, but he didn’t make enough of an impact in the Orlando bubble, and sources say Dallas is leaning towards letting him walk.
Rick Bonnell: Mavericks make @Michael Kidd-Gilchrist signing official. Hope this reignites his career. He believes he has plenty of NBA basketball left.
Brad Townsend: Hearing MKG to Dallas not a certainty, but Mavs in the mix.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting with @Tim MacMahon: Charlotte is finalizing a contract buyout with F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Dallas has emerged as a possible destination once MKG clears waivers.
Bobby Marks: Would be a perfect fit for Dallas. Thought maybe the Mavericks might swap out Courtney Lee and a future 2 at the deadline. Instead they could get him for nothing. Dallas would need to waive a player if MKG comes on board.
Shams Charania: Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has opted into his $13M player option for the 2019-20 season, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Rick Bonnell: MKG said he hasn’t thought about the player option for next season in his contract. But it’s interesting he said “happiness” is his top priority going forward, not “money.” He has a $13 million guarantee for 2019-20 if he doesn’t opt out.
Rod Boone: MKG said he hasn’t thought about exercising his player option for next season. Said he has a son on the way and he’s been mostly thinking about that.
Does Kidd-Gilchrist, who has a $13 million player option for next season, see this as a reflection on his future in Charlotte? “I don’t know,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “I have a lot of love for Charlotte, for the fans, for this team and my teammates. I did all (Borrego has) asked and I did all I expect out of myself. “Hey, I don’t know (about what’s next). But I can only control what I control … I’ve been here a long time, grown from a boy to a man. It’s never fun not playing, but I just don’t know.”
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