Knicks Sign Michael Kidd-Gilchrist To Training Camp Deal

Another Kentucky player is coming to town. Veteran small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is signing with the New York Knicks.

Before free agency, the Knicks heavily eyed Kidd-Gilchrist due to his defensive abilities and connections with the team. He knows assistant coach Kenny Payne from his Kentucky days and is represented by CAA.

Now, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the fifth Kentucky alumni on the team alongside Immanuel Quickley, Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, and Nerlens Noel.

To start, the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets drafted Kidd-Gilchrist second overall in 2012. Due to his lack of offensive profile and injuries, he has never lived up to the hype.

In 2019, Kidd-Gilchrist spent time with the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 2.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.

Scoring is not why Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is here. His defensive prowess is what brought him here.

He will get a chance to compete for a roster spot. The current depth chart at small forward looks like this:

Kevin Knox

Reggie Bullock

Ignas Brazdeikis

Alec Burks

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

It’s important to note that some of these small forwards can play shooting guard as well. But, Kidd-Gilchrist is the only traditional small forward alongside Kevin Knox.

He’s also a local kid, growing up in New Jersey and playing alongside Kyrie Irving in high school.

 

 

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