Mavericks Sign Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Waive Ryan Broekhoff

FEBRUARY 11: The Mavericks have officially signed Kidd-Gilchrist and waived Broekhoff, the team announced today (via Twitter).

FEBRUARY 10: Former Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will sign with the Mavericks, who will waive shooting guard Ryan Broekhoff to carve out roster space for their new addition.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon (Twitter link) first reported Kidd-Gilchrist’s contract agreement, while Marc Stein of the New York Times first reported that the two sides were nearing a deal and that Dallas would cut Broekhoff (Twitter links).

After Kidd-Gilchrist fell out of favor in Charlotte’s rotation and the team opted not to move his expiring contract, he agreed to a buyout in the final season of his four-year, $52MM contract. The former No. 2 overall pick appeared in only 12 games for the Hornets this year, after being a defensive staple in prior seasons. The Mavericks hope he can help flesh out their roster depth as they grapple with a wave of injuries.

The 6’6″, 29-year-old Broekhoff has appeared in 59 games during his two seasons with the Mavericks, including one start this season. Though seldom used (he’s averaging 10.7 minutes per game), Broekhoff is a career 40.3% long-range shooter on 2.4 looks a night, and connects on 81.5% of his free-throw attempts.

Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News tweets that Broekhoff is “universally loved” in Dallas’ locker room, but his expiring, minimum-salary contract made him the club’s most logical release candidate. He’ll clear waivers later this week if he goes unclaimed.

According to an earlier report, Kidd-Gilchrist surrendered $810,763 of his $13MM salary for 2019/20 in his buyout with Charlotte. He’ll make nearly that entire amount back on his new minimum-salary deal with Dallas.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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16 thoughts on “Mavericks Sign Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Waive Ryan Broekhoff

  1. acarneglia

    Hornets picked MKG ahead of Beal, Drummond, Middleton, Barnes and Draymond to name a few.

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          Just like when Cleveland took Dion Waiters right after Beal, but then Dame Lillard was taken two spots later.

          • bdpecore

            Hindsight is always 20/20. Some players never reach their full potential while others find ways to exceed their projected ceilings. Nothing new here.

    • Chose MKG 1 spot over Beal and chose Malik Monk 2 spots ahead of Donovan Mitchell, 3 spots over Bam Adebayo

      Imagine Kemba Beal Adebayo and others….
      MJ was a heck of a SG but man he can’t pick a good 1 in the draft…

    • gammaraze

      Draymond and Middleton were 2nd round picks, meaning EVERY team passed on them in the 1st round. The comparison for them would be that Charlotte used their 2nd rounder on Jeffrey Taylor instead of those guys. Notably missing from the list is Damian Lillard.

  2. formerlyz

    I think this is a great fit for him and Dallas, which could use help defensively on the wing, and at the 4, and the pieces they have should allow him to fit in as that combo forward they need

  3. 1. Curry. Wright
    2. Doncic. Lee
    3. Hardaway. Finney-Smith
    4. MKG. Kleber
    5. Porzingod. WCS.

    • 1. Doncic/ Brunson
      2 Hardaway/ Wright
      3 Finney-Smith/ Jackson
      4 MKG/ Kleber
      5 Porzingis/ WCS

        • Yeah agree I like your line up more, only difference I’d have is Wright play back up point, and Curry back up SG with Brunson and Lee third options

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