Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still hasn’t joined the rest of his team down in Orlando.
During a press conference with the media on Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that the former Kentucky Wildcat was not currently with the team. The NBA’s restart is scheduled to tip-off on July 30, less than two weeks from now, and Carlisle did not provide any update on when MKG will make the trip.
“We’re working to get him here logistically,” Carlisle said, “and we hope that that happens soon.”
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has yet to join the Mavs in the NBA bubble. "We're working to get him here logistically and we hope that it happens soon," Rick Carlisle said.
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Before he joined the Mavs, Kidd-Gilchrist was bought out back on February 11 by the Charlotte Hornets after spending his first seven seasons with the franchise. The 26-year old was the No. 2 overall pick in 2012 (famously going one selection after Anthony Davis) but didn’t quite live up to the expectations. While MKG was known as a top-tier defender, he averaged double-digit scoring numbers in only two seasons with the Hornets. During the 2019-20 season, he appeared in just 12 games for Charlotte before agreeing to a buyout.
Once he arrived in Dallas, those around him within the Dallas organization praised him for his defensive abilities, including Carlisle and rising superstar Luka Doncic. Still recovering from a June 2019 groin surgery, MKG played just 10 games for the Mavs before the coronavirus suspended the season on March 11. In nine outings, he posted 0.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.