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Southeast Notes: Kidd-Gilchrist, Horford, Deng

People around the league applaud what the Hornets are getting out of the extension deal Charlotte has reportedly struck with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as Grantland’s Zach Lowe hears (All six Twitter links right here). The starting salary should be roughly in line with his cap hold for next summer, which would have been $12,662,808, so the Hornets aren’t truly compromising their cap flexibility, Lowe points out. The deal is not without its potential pitfalls, given his lack of outside shooting and elite ball-handling, so it will challenge the Hornets to surround him with others who can fill in the gaps, but it’s nonetheless a risk worth taking, given the work ethic of the former No. 2 overall pick. He’s capable of moving to power forward, giving him more versatility than Tony Allen, a player to whom Kidd-Gilchrist is often compared, Lowe adds. See more from around the Southeast Division:

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4 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Kidd-Gilchrist, Horford, Deng

  1. Ryan Bru

    The Hawks definitely took a step back but I still think they are top 3 in East. People tend to only remember the playoff squad during the offseason. Hawks get Sefolosha back to play a lot of minutes at 3, Korver will see more there, and Hardaway, Bazemore, and Holiday are all young guys. I think one of those 3 will really step up. Not sure about the idea of Milsap at 3, LeBron toyed with him when they put him on him during the playoffs. But I do really like the tandem of Horford/Splitter and Milsap/Splitter when one goes to the bench.

    • Chuck Myron

      Agreed. They’ll miss Carroll, and they seemed to have something special last year that will be difficult to duplicate. But they’re still very good, and Mike Budenholzer seems to know what he’s doing.

  2. Ryan Bru

    Also, biased Hornets fan but really like the deal for MKG, his shot is improving (yes, the form on my jump shot may look better) but he is trying to improve. Mark Price did leave for UNCC which will hurt but MKG is determined to show his worth. It also is insurance incase Batum gets a monster offer next year.

    If we decide to let Batum walk, let Al go and try to get younger CORRECT pieces around Kemba, MKG, Zeller, Frank. Lineup still needs more shooting

    • Chuck Myron

      I think it’s tough to tell on a lot of these deals because of the salary cap escalation. But the Hornets spent a No. 2 overall pick on him. It would have been difficult not to protect that investment.

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