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Report: Hornets buying out Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who could join Mavericks

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 24: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Charlotte Hornets handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on March 24, 2018 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has seen his role shrink on the Hornets four straight seasons – from typical starter to moderately used starter to moderately used backup to out of the rotation.

Now, he’ll leave Charlotte entirely.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

In the final year of a big contract extension, Kidd-Gilchrist is due $4,994,350 the rest of this season. He could earn $835,331 on a rest-of-season minimum contract elsewhere. Both amounts decrease daily. So, we’ll see how much he relinquishes to join a better team.

Kidd-Gilchrist is a good defender who plays hard. The forward can fill a niche. A former No. 2 pick, Kidd-Gilchrist just hasn’t developed enough offensively. He’ll gum up spacing as a non-shooter.

The Mavericks already have Dorian Finney-Smith as a defensive-minded forward. But Finney-Smith can make 3-pointers, too.

Kidd-Gilchrist would add depth in Dallas. If that’s where he lands, just don’t expect him to play much.