Charlotte, NC - According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the Charlotte Bobcats could be open to moving second-year small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This news is a bit surprising considering that they drafted him with the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He has struggled since coming into the league, especially offensively, but still has the talent to reach his full potential that the Bobcats saw when drafting him. It remains to be seen what kind of return the Bobcats would be asking for, but it is likely that quite a few teams will show interest in acquiring him.
Through 18 games this season, Kidd-Gilchrist has averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Those numbers are not what the Bobcats were hoping for, but he has played solid defense once again this season. He’s a very athletic small forward that can rebound the basketball well, but his offensive game leaves a lot to be desired. His range doesn’t extend past 15-16 feet consistently and he’s not even too consistent from that range. If he’s going to make the career for himself that most teams were expecting, he will have to work hard on his offensive game and use his athletic ability to do much more on the court than he has so far.
Kidd-Gilchrist is still out with injury, but Charlotte is expected to place him on the trade block when he does come back. The Bobcats aren’t opposed to holding onto him either if they are unable to get the value that they want in return. He certainly still has talent and the potential to become something special, but it’s also very possible that he won’t fit with direction that Charlotte wants to go.
Overall, this is a very interesting rumor to begin keeping an eye on. The Bobcats feel that they can get a good return for them that will help them both now and in the future. There are no reports yet about what teams could be interested in making a move for Kidd-Gilchrist, but once he returns from injury you can expect to see quite a few teams begin showing some interest and starting trade talks with Charlotte.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.