The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the team announced on Wednesday. The move was first reported by multiple outlets on Tuesday.
Kidd-Gilchrist was waived last week after falling out of the rotation with the Charlotte Hornets, who took him No. 2 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Known for his defense, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 8.0 points on 47.5% shooting in his NBA career.
Dallas waived Ryan Broekhoff to make room under the salary cap to sign Kidd-Gilchrist.
“He’s a good defender. He’s gonna give us that energy, that spark on defense,” Mavs forward Kristaps Porzingis said after Monday’s loss to the Utah Jazz. “We’ll see. I haven’t seen him play for a while.
“But I’m happy to have an addition to the team and let’s get to work.”
Kidd-Gilchrist’s best season came in 2014-15, when he averaged 10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.4 apg in 55 games with the Hornets. An injury short-circuited a solid start to 2015-16 and since then, Kidd-Gilchrist has seen his role steadily decline.
This season, he played in just 12 games and averaged a career-low 13.3 mpg and 4 ppg.