It’s Media Day for several NBA teams today, including the Charlotte Hornets. While scrolling through tweets from beat writers, this quote from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist caught my eye.
“I don’t know,” MKG said when asked how he fits into the Hornets’ youth movement, per Rick Bonnell. When asked how much communication he’s received from the team on his role going forward, MKG declined to comment.
MKG’s averages of 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 18.4 minutes per game last season are the lowest of his career since being drafted No. 2 by the Hornets in 2012. Over the summer, he underwent groin surgery and opted into the final year of his contract, which will pay him $13 million this season. At Media Day, he told reporters that kind of financial security was too good to pass up.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he is 100 percent coming into the season. When asked why he picked up the player option on his contract, he said family. He thought about opting out. but his two kids played a big role. Also said he loves Michael Jordan.
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) September 30, 2019
MKG’s pro career has been underwhelming to say the least. Here’s hoping for a healthy and productive season so he can either establish himself in Charlotte or, more likely, find a better fit elsewhere.