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Rumor: Celtics interested in Bobcats Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Chuck - Red's Army June 26, 2013 Celtics News, Rumors 31 Comments

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This rumor comes via Sheridan Hoops (and Pro Basketball Draft):

The Charlotte Bobcats are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist around the league, confident they will be able to replace him with Otto Porter of Georgetown with the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft.

The reason the Bobcats braintrust of Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan believe Porter will be available is because, SheridanHoops has learned from league sources, the Washington Wizards are determined to draft Anthony Bennett of UNLV with the No. 3 pick.

A second league source said the Bobcats have been working the phones, gauging the interest level among teams for the 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

“MKG” had an up-and-down rookie season for the Bobcats averaging 9.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.9 bpg and 0.7 spg. Among the teams most interested, according to the source, are the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics.

I don’t know much about Kidd-Gilchrist except that he’s 19, a phenomenal athlete and possesses a spotty jumper. He gets compared to Gerald Wallace.

For detailed analysis of MKG’s game, check out this season review by Bobcats blog Rufus on Fire.

For proof of his athleticism, check out this dunk:

The Bobcats flat-out denied the rumor today

“No! We’re not shopping him,’’ Cho said on WFNZ-AM 610. “We get calls about all our players. It’s my job to take calls. We’re not shopping MKG.’’

 But Sheridan defended his report.  This could be a matter of semantics, so we’ll see.  These won’t be the only rumors we hear between now and the end of the draft.

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  • tvor03

    I watched every one of MKG’s games at Kentucky. When he was here, Wallace was a player I compared him to. Iggy as well.

    The kid is just dynamite. No, he doesn’t have the best jumper. But he’s athletic, has a motor that doesn’t stop, and has heart like no one else. We look at players like Rondo and Green, who are exceptionally good but seem like they take games off, you’ll never have that problem with MKG. He is always on, always ready to play.

    • TheVilleintheA

      True

  • MatthewWilding

    What do we have to offer for him though?

    • johng

      Terry?

      • MatthewWilding

        Why would the Bobcats accept an aging perimeter shooter for a cheap player with all upside?

        • WardenOfTheNorth

          package of Avery Bradley/Melo and/or Sullinger. Kidd-Gilchrist is a stud. In 5 years, he could very well be the best player in last year’s draft (which isn’t saying much..).

  • RedsLoveChild

    This guy won`t solve any of the Celts` problems…let`s keep the “search party” going!

    • JT

      I disagree. If we ship off Pierce, MKG would be an excellent young talent to add to our core of young players. He hustles more than anyone I’ve seen, which is something that can’t be said for some of our other players. He would definitely replace the energy and hustle KG brought here.

      • RedsLoveChild

        If this 19 year old was so damn good…the Bobcats wouldn`t be shopping him.

        Besides, we already have Brandon Bass who is stealing $6M per year from us…and his size, stats, salary are virtually identical to MKG.

        • tvor03

          The difference is that Bass has peaked, while MKG is just getting started. Why do you come here? You don’t know how basketball works.

          • RedsLoveChild

            Again, why is Charlotte shopping him with all that “upside potential”, Einstein?

            They know him way better than anyone knows him…including you!

          • tvor03

            Sheridan says why they’re shopping him. I’m going to let you read that and put the pieces together.

            As for trades, I’m for trades that make us better. I actually reject most of the ones that get mentioned here. You’re the one who’s so quick to abandon every player on the team, especially Pierce. I’m not in love with every UK player. I can point out several in the league right now that I would never want on the Celtics. But MKG is a baller, and it would be fantastic to have him in green.

            You’re the fool who has proven time and time again that the only thing you know about the sport is that ball goes in the hole. After that, the game is a complete mystery to you.

          • RedsLoveChild

            I clearly recall that it was you who gave us such “glowing scouting reports” on JuJuan Johnson right after Boston drafted him.

            How`d that one turn out?

          • tvor03

            I never gave a glowing scouting report on JuJuan Johnson. I never once saw him play, even on tv. The only thing I ever said about him is that he had potential and let’s see how he does, unlike others who were immediately trashing him.

          • RedsLoveChild

            My recollection is different. I didn`t recall anyone trashing JJ at the time, but you seemed to be front and center leading the cheers.

            Back to MKG…why would the people who know him best {Bobcats} be shopping him, when he`s only 19 and they are trying to build for the future?

          • tvor03

            It says in the article.

          • RedsLoveChild

            Yes, they want Porter from Georgetown….because MKG is shaping up to be a “bust” who can`t shoot, defend, and is a turn-over machine.

          • tvor03

            read between the lines, man. The Bobcats believe they can get the same amount of production from Porter as they can from MKG. Therefore, they can then flip MKG for either an older All-Star on a team looking for younger talent, or trade one potential great for two known good players to beef up their team. That’s how the business of basketball works! Learn it, and maybe you’ll finally be able to contribute something around here.

          • RedsLoveChild

            This coming from a guy who looks at Ashley Judd as his basketball guru!

            It won`t take much to match MKG`s “production”, whose main goal now is to avoid getting labeled as a “bust”. Plus, notice how they want to flip MKG, as opposed to the untested Porter.

          • WardenOfTheNorth

            I’m sure they’re not actively shopping him. Other teams are calling with interest. Besides, maybe the Bobcats feel that the best player available (at their pick), might fit their system better, long term, than MKG.

        • KGino

          ‘cept MKG’s potential is WAY higher than Bass’

        • Celticsfanatic

          That is perhaps the worst point I’ve ever seen made on this blog. Brandon Bass is tapped out, MKG is a 19 yo with loads of potential. I think you might just be a troll.

          • RedsLoveChild

            So, you`re basically saying Ainge was a fool to sign a “tapped out” 27 year old Brandon Bass…one year ago?

          • WardenOfTheNorth

            he really had no choice. bass performed exceptional during the 2011 playoffs. certainly, it wasn’t considered a “bad move” at the time.

        • zippittyay

          Bass’ $6M salary is right in line with ranking, production and experience among NBA power forwards. You can have Charlie Villanueva or Tyrus Thomas for 8M…..

  • JT

    PLEASE let this happen. MKG was one of my all time favorite UK players and to see him on the Celtics would be a dream come true. Between him and Rondo running the floor, we’d win every fastbreak.

  • eddysamson

    After watching game after game of jumpers clanging on the rim this season, I could care less that this kid can’t hit them if he can turn on the jets and get to the basket with ease. He would be a great JG backup, or a good addition for small-ball with JG at the 4. I wouldn’t mind this happening.

  • BEANTOWN985

    MKG is a future star in this league. If they can get him, they need to make the move ASAP.

  • Chuck Moran

    MKG is just another bobcat bust one rule I would live by in the nba is never do dels with the bobcats. But if they would take Lee I’d do it.

  • Jake Gruber

    I just don’t get it. I just don’t. You struggled all year finding consistent shooting in order to keep the floor spaced because guys like green, pierce, terry, lee, bradley were okay (except lee this season) from 3 but are not true shooters that can be relied on to really keep teams honest. Knowing that information, why would you bring in yet another inconsistent shooting guard/small forward without first finding people to fill that floor spacing role. If they got MKG, they’d have him, JG, Bradley, lee, terry, rondo at the guard spots. Compare this to playoff teams that advanced this season. Here are the shooters from the finals:

    Miami: Allen, chalmers, cole, miller, jones
    Spurs: Green, Neal, ginobili, even Leonard, bonner, and even the guys who don’t play can shoot

    Look at other playoff teams too. Most that succeeded had floor spacing. Those who didn’t either got eliminated early or were TERRIFIC defensively and had a MAJOR post presence (ie Indiana and Memphis.). The point here is that before they go bringing in other athletic freaks with no ability to stretch the floor, how about looking and seeing what they have and what they don’t have that makes teams succeed, which, in my opinion, is a major post presence and shooting that surrounds some kind of penetrator (which many believe we have already in rondo).

    • kg215

      Well if we do trade for him we would have to get rid of atleast 1 or 2 of those guys, not necessarily in that trade but somehow. MKG would be an interesting addition, the question is what do the Bobcats want for him.