The LA Clippers send Alec Burks and Jonah Bolden to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder send Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to the LA Clippers.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist signs with the Oklahoma City Thunder for $ 13000000 and 3 years.
The Oklahoma City Thunder extend the qualifying offer to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Charlotte Hornets send Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Sergey Karasev to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder send Alec Burks and C.J. Wilcox to the Charlotte Hornets.
Charlotte exercises its team-option for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Charlotte Bobcats send CJ Miles to the Denver Nuggets. The Denver Nuggets send Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Charlotte Bobcats send a 1st-Rounder (Cha) to the Denver Nuggets. The Denver Nuggets send a 2nd-Rounder (Den) to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Denver exercises its team-option for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Denver Nuggets send Gordon Hayward and Etwaun Moore to the Washington Wizards. The Washington Wizards send Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to the Denver Nuggets. The Denver Nuggets send a 2nd-Rounder (Was) to the Washington Wizards.
The Washington Wizards sign draft-pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for 4602720 and 2 years.
+ Defensive stalwart with range of a 7-foot stiff with injury issues
+ Extremely high motor, excellent rebounder and foul-drawer
+ Revamped shot mechanics. Signed four-year extension
Kidd-Gilchrist didn't take a single 3-pointer last season, becoming the first wing player to do so while logging over 1,500 minutes since Desmond Mason in 2007-08. There just aren't players like him in the modern NBA. Amazingly, he's much improved as a jump shooter, doubling his mid-range makes last season from 2013-14, but he still has the range of a broken Wi-Fi router compared to the rest of his peers.
Kidd-Gilchrist's uniqueness goes beyond his M.I.A. jump shot. He's an elite defender (third in defensive RPM at his position) despite almost never stealing the ball. By comparison, MKG's top comp, Tony Allen, has four times the steal rate as the former No. 2 overall pick. But Kidd-Gilchrist bottles up his opponents and holds them to a mere 14.0 PER, according to 82games tracking, despite routinely picking up the team's best perimeter player.
He's an elite cutter who desperately needs to play with a crafty distributor (Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin don't count). Otherwise, Kidd-Gilchrist's offensive firepower is muffled to just transition opportunities. He signed a four-year, $52 million extension that rewards him for his defensive and glass-cleaning exploits, but it's clear he still has a long ways to go before he lives up to his draft slot. Also worth noting: he's five months younger than Frank Kaminsky.