Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is headed to Dallas.
After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday afternoon, the Dallas Mavericks emerged as immediate favorites to land the former Kentucky forward. And then on Monday evening, Kidd-Gilchrist officially agreed to a deal with the 32-22 Mavericks, who currently hold the seventh-best record in the Western Conference.
Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news on Monday evening, with several others confirming the report not long after.
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There, Kidd-Gilchrist will join former Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein, who was traded to Dallas back on Jan. 25.
The former Wildcat was selected by Charlotte with the No. 2 overall pick back in 2012 NBA Draft, just one pick after Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis, who was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. The 26-year old has played his entire eight-season NBA career in Charlotte.
This season, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging career-lows in points (4.0), rebounds (2.9), and assists (0.8) in 12 games this season. He has career averages of 8.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 433 total games.
At Kentucky, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds, starting in 39 of possible 40 contests. The 6-foot-7 forward most notably helped lead Kentucky to its eighth national title in 2012, earning East Region Most Outstanding Player along the way.
Now, the former Wildcat will head to Dallas in hopes of revitalizing his NBA career.