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Hornets buyout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist; Dallas a potential fit

Kidd-Gilchrist could become a key piece of a playoff team.

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After being drafted second overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, the expectations surrounding former Kentucky Wildcats’ star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were at an all-time high.

Now, after eight seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, he’s being bought out of his contract after appearing in just 12 games throughout almost half of the season. Kidd-Gilchrist was owned $13 million after agreeing to an extension of his rookie contract back in 2015.

This news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon. They also noted that the Dallas Mavericks could be a frontrunner for the veteran forward after he clears waivers. Likely looking to sign with a team on the verge of a deep playoff run, Dallas could be a perfect fit for Kidd-Gilchrist.

Averaging just 4.0 points per game this season and having a career-high of 12.7, Kidd-Gilchrist hasn’t quite panned out the way Charlotte envisioned, one reason they took the buyout approach.

Wanting more young talent, it was a reasonable move, allowing more playing time for players like Miles Bridges.

At the end of the day, the two sides will both be happy. Kidd-Gilchrist gets paid, Charlotte plays their youth and another contender get a solid second unit piece. Teams like Boston and Philadelphia may also be in the mix for the eight-year veteran as they also need to fill out their bench with a deep postseason run on the way.

As for Kidd-Gilchrist, he spent just one reason at Kentucky, playing with that historic team like by NBA superstar Anthony Davis. The 38-2, championship-winning roster was regarded as one of the best to ever play in college basketball.