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.