Free agent (FA) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks, ESPN reported.
Knicks, who invited Tom Thibodeau as the new commander, has added a mid-level player who has a good reputation for defense and can guard multiple positions to the roster.
Kidd-Gilchrist, who boasts an eight-year career, is a swingman nominated by Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) in second place overall in the first round of the 2012 draft. He played for the Hornets until the middle of last season, averaging 25.1 minutes, 8.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 433 games (including 356 starts).
After being dismissed from the Hornets in February of this year, he signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 9.3 minutes, 0.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13 games. Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers In the first round, he has played in all six games, averaging 9.2 minutes, 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds.
However, Knicks nominated Bigman Obadiah Toppin in 8th place in the first round of the draft this year, and on the FA front, combo guard Austin Rivers, instant scorer Alec Burks, and high-physical bigman Nerlens Noel. However, it has not reached the acquisition of big players, and it is generally expected that the playoff return for the first time in eight years will be severe at this stage.
Still, the addition of Kidd-Gilchrist, who has the defensive power that Thibodeau HC (head coach) likes, may work positively for the team.