Despite not playing a single game, the New York Knicks have waived Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He has struggled with injuries since signing just weeks ago, however, at 27 years of age, he would have added more NBA to this young team. The 27-year-old players’ contract was worth one-year, $2 million.
Per Ian Begley of SNY, it wasn’t a sure thing that Kidd-Gilchrist would make the roster. Not to mention, he did not play in any preseason games.
What This Means For Knicks
Michael Kidd Gilchrist would have been one of the better defensive players in New York if he had stayed. However, after an impressive preseason, Thibodeau will likely give Kevin Knox additional minutes. Kidd-Gilchrist was brought in as an alternative to Knox in case his poor run of form from past seasons held up. However, Knox was clearly one of the better players throughout the preseason and has earned a good role in the squad. Thibodeau will want to give the Kentucky Wildcat the minutes he needs to succeed.
This roster change was clearly meant to accommodate for him throughout the season. The Knick’s season begins on Wednesday, December 23rd against the Pacers. Alec Burks will likely start, however fans will expect Knox to play a rather large role in that game.