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July 07, 2012

Bobcats sign No. 2 pick Kidd-Gilchrist

            The Charlotte Bobcats signed No. 2 overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Saturday, which will allow the rookie small forward to participate in summer-league practices and games starting Tuesday in Las Vegas.

            Under the rookie pay scale, salaries for first-round picks are slotted based on draft position. Kidd-Gilchrist will make about $4 million this season. His contract is guaranteed this season and next, and then the Bobcats will have two one-season options, based on the collective bargaining agreement.

            The Bobcats have yet to sign second-round pick Jeff Taylor, a small forward from Vanderbilt. Taylor was the first pick of the second round, 31st overall.

            The two rookies are expected to play in Las Vegas along with Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo, who were rookies for the Bobcats last season. The Bobcats will practice in Las Vegas Tuesday through Thursday and then start playing games Friday.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM | Permalink


why is Taylor not signed yet
any reasons?

Posted by: Vinh | Jul 7, 2012 3:08:35 PM

MKG is in the fold. Good news! Jeff Taylor's contract will not be guaranteed because he was a 2nd round pick.

MKG was the right choice, as the Cats didn't need another Power Forward on the roster. Also, this Cats front office was smart enough to notice a bust or a potential flop, so it stayed far away from Harrison Barnes. That former UNC kid will have fun in Frisco, throwing up enough bricks to build another Alcatraz. At least Barnes is so far away, and in another time zone, he can be forgotten.

MKG is the man.

Posted by: Jalen Rose | Jul 7, 2012 3:17:21 PM

Good to have the kid locked in. Time to get to work on that jumper.

Posted by: Spiderman | Jul 7, 2012 3:18:19 PM

@ Jalen Rose | Jul 7, 2012 3:17:21 PM

From the looks of things, you will never be able to stop your obsessive hate of Harrison Barnes, no matter what he does or does not do. Neither will you be able to let MKG's balls slip from your greedy lips.

Posted by: MrMixx | Jul 7, 2012 3:44:26 PM

Sir Mixx a little...have fun walking around in a Golden State Jersey.

You just can't handle the truth...Harrison Barnes sucks! Lucky for you he didn't drop out of the top 10 in the draft.

Posted by: Jalen Rose | Jul 7, 2012 3:53:13 PM

Rose is right, i do suck, but my brand is totally awesome!

Posted by: Harrison Barnes | Jul 7, 2012 4:15:31 PM

Whats his #??????

Posted by: Sarge | Jul 7, 2012 5:20:32 PM

I think Barnes is in a good situation in GS. They have some talent there already and he doesn't have to be the star. MKG was the right pick for the cats but he will have pressure from day 1.

Posted by: buckshot jenkins | Jul 7, 2012 5:29:54 PM

Anyone want to buy my 1st pair of Slam N Jams? Barnes Brand Baby!!!

Posted by: Harrison | Jul 7, 2012 6:29:07 PM

MKG is one of the best college players I have ever seen. He plays like Jordan, Havileck, Gail Goodrich, Bird, and FEW other players- every second- every minute. I think his long-term potential in the NBA is better than Anthony Davis- the best player ever to wear a Cats uniform- because he is more durable. Unfortunately, I don't believe Davis will thrive under the constant inside pounding that he will encounter in the NBA. Go Cats!!

Posted by: Arnold Frazier | Jul 7, 2012 6:36:59 PM

"Of the 501 college players with at least 100 spot-up plays (includes jumpers and drives to the basket that aren’t isolation or pick-and-roll), Kidd-Gilchrist ranked 491st in points per play."


Posted by: Bobscat | Jul 7, 2012 7:36:17 PM

MKG MUST MUST MUST perfect his shooting: off the dribble, spot up, and behind the 3-point line. If he does, the future WILL be bright and the sky's the limit. Go 'Cats!!!!

Posted by: CLTfan | Jul 7, 2012 8:09:26 PM

We will all see what happens over the next few years. Regardless, what's done is done. I'm looking forward to summer league next week.

We need to be signing augustin now before houston or dallas make a desperate offer.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 7, 2012 8:44:39 PM

We must get a big pass first defending pt gd. There will be no tomorrow w out one.. KEMBA must sit and learn to pass and set up teammates and not himself . This team cannot go anywhere w out a true pt gd. DJ plays no defense but does distribute some. Trade KEMBA and DJ for a pt gd. Then get a veteran center or pf.

Posted by: Ironman | Jul 7, 2012 9:03:11 PM

When are their summer league games and what team are they playing on? I haven't seen a Bobcats team listed on the TV schedule. Will they get local and/or national coverage?

Posted by: Altheus | Jul 7, 2012 10:16:08 PM

All the Kemba hate kills me. Name all the rookies from last year that had a triple double. Waiting. Yeah that's right, one. Kemba had basically identical rookie stats as Russell Westbrook and that's without a preseason. He's gonna be just fine.

Posted by: apauldds | Jul 7, 2012 11:18:44 PM

Like Charlottean has said.,

If we don't sign DJ NOW we are going to take huge step back... yeah IMAGINE THAT!, he is the man for us and Walker too learn from DJ and Gordon is priceless!

Because he(walker) was God Awful last year.. Stats don't mean SH@t and have said it on football and B-ball both sides. You can find a stat. for everything!!!
Sorry "apauldds" but bottom line Walker was that(bad)!

Their is something a certain "personality" says on ESPN.. "The Eye Test", so basically if something looks like a "duck and quacks like a duck!".... Kemba is not a Duck, but is what he is.

As far as I'm concerned you will see DJ grow even more with out Boris here!!!, thank god!

As far as all the other, it's tuff.... but MKG,DUNLAP and TT on the same team, if nothing else it's going to be entertaining!!!

Posted by: David stern has to go!! | Jul 8, 2012 12:13:15 AM

MKG,Dunlap and TT(if so)... HIGH ENERGY! RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: David stern has to go!! | Jul 8, 2012 12:27:20 AM

Walker as A PG.
maybe not as bad as I possibly implied... as I know someone would have corrected me(maybe just to disagree), however not what this team needs to have in place. To basically startover when we have a solid guy in place, with DJ.

and I know Hickson fits our "Plan" , but Jamison for now and a few more wins and mentoring for the youngns. I'm in!

Posted by: David stern has to go!! | Jul 8, 2012 12:39:50 AM

Is it just me or do we have the finest collection of young players that need to work on jump shots?

Posted by: joe cool | Jul 8, 2012 12:45:46 AM

Ironman is right!!! Kemba needs to learn to set his teammates up instead of himself. He showed glimpses of that in the Rookie Sophomore game last year so I expect him to get better.

Posted by: Fakethis | Jul 8, 2012 1:04:11 AM

Joe cool

I think Charlotte's NBA REGULATION Ball on OFFENSE is the size of a Beach Ball or "the rim" is the size of a WHAT???? PER DAVID STERN!!!!

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Jul 8, 2012 1:07:33 AM

let DJ walk. he clearly does not want to be in charlotte. I say we sign Aaron Brooks as our starting point guard. He averaged 19 points a game just a couple of seasons ago, and he addresses our 3 point/scoring need. Amnesty TT.


Bench: Kemba, Gordon, D Brown, Mullens, reggie williams, hickson

Really not bad at all if you ask me, maybe could surprise people depending the development of biyombo, henderson,walker, and mkg

Posted by: Charlottecatsfan | Jul 8, 2012 1:31:24 AM

Michael Jordan is not going to use the Amnesty Clause. Michael Jordan isn't signing a big name. Michael Jordan is determined to build this Cat team through the draft.
So, you can keep coming up with all of these name and scenarios, while other teams are signing Free Agents. Michael Jordan should be congratulated for drafting and signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The team will sign Jeff Taylor, then determine DJ Augustin's true financial value. I would encourage a sign and trade, if there is a market for a marginal guard like Augustin...but I doubt it.

Let us go for the number 1 pick in 2013, too.

Posted by: Kurly K smokes baloney | Jul 8, 2012 3:35:17 AM

Can we get the Summer League roster? I've seen the roster for every other team except for the Bobcats. Why is this franchise always last in everything they do?

Posted by: DS | Jul 8, 2012 5:31:33 AM

The current Bobcats roster should BE the summer league roster. With the youth on this team, as well as the lackluster performance demonstrated over the course of the regular season, no one gets the summer off.

Posted by: Kurly K smokes baloney | Jul 8, 2012 8:52:25 AM

Let's make a quick statistical comparison between Westbrook and Kemba's rookie years:

Westbrook .398 FG% - Kemba .366
Westbrook 15.3 PPG - Kemba 12.1
Westbrook 5.3 APG - Kemba 4.4
Westbrook 4.9 RPG - Kemba 3.5
Westbrook .271 3PT% - Kemba .305
Westbrook PER 15.2 - Kemba 14.98

Very comparable in my opinion and Westbrook had the luxury of a full training camp, more minutes, more starts, and some guy named Durant to take some of the prssure off of him.

I'm not suggesting Kemba is as good as Westbrook or will become as good as him, I'm saying it's a little ridiculous to suggest Kemba was "God Awful" as a rookie.

If he becomes a "poor man's" Westbrook, I'll take it, every time.

Posted by: Bobcat Matt | Jul 8, 2012 9:02:23 AM

See DJ vs DRose and see any game least season and know DJ had the other teams respect all the time. And his assist /TO ratio was stellar. Kemba's triple double was great but I'm not sold on him as our pg.

Posted by: altheus | Jul 8, 2012 9:25:26 AM

I got a stat for you....westbrook is 3 inches taller than walker.

I got another, westbrook was a year and a half younger when he debuted.

I think walker is a solid nba player. I don't think he's your starting point guard. I think augustin is. I think we have done a horrible job developing young point guards. Everything d.j. has done has been at a disadvantage. Same for felton.

I have a problem with walker putting up adam morrison numbers and we want him to start but label morrison a bust. Walker shot 36 % last year but how many of his makes were just absolute prayers? It seemed like almost all his attempts were. he showed an absolute inability to create good shots for himself and others. He plays balls to the wall which I love, but he didn't look like a smart player at all. He looked like flip murray. I expect improvement. He didn't have offseason and summer league, coaching was mediocre, played on a horrible team etc. But so did D.J. and he played hurt and played a lot better and augustin is only 2.5 years older. And he had a better rookie year if we're comparing. It's not like going with walker makes us younger.

When you look at the 2, they both have the same pedigree. They both have potential. They have 2 different styles. To me, walker will be a defender and lead option off the bench while augustin will be a steady 15 and 7 point guard in this league who will shoot high %'s when he plays in a consistent system and figures out his spots. He attacked a lot more last year and didn't get any foul calls he deserved. On a respected veteran team, he thrives. Assist numbers require guys making shots and last year that wasn't happening for either.

I think we should AT THE VERY LEAST keep d.j. one more year to see if the coaching change brings more out of him. Or you could overpay him on a 2 year deal, play him up and he becomes a great trade chip.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 8, 2012 10:06:09 AM

Thank you Bobcat Matt. Also remember that in Westbrook's second season he led the league in turnovers. Kemba will improve.

Posted by: apauldds | Jul 8, 2012 10:17:34 AM

If we had lucked into drafting Westbrook in 2008, we would have screwed him up too.

Posted by: Kevin | Jul 8, 2012 11:17:54 AM

Please stop with the Westbrook comparisons! Based on last year's performance, Kemba Walker will never be a shooting point guard in this league. And if Kemba doesn't learn how to shoot, set up other teammates, and play smart basketball, I don't see Kemba Walker playing in the NBA that much longer! At 5'-11", Walker will get exposed in his 2nd year if he doesn't get it together. PERIOD.

Posted by: CLTfan | Jul 8, 2012 11:31:06 AM

I love optimism but the Bobcats are no better than a 13 win team next year. The seats will be empty and the team/owner will disappoint once again. We are under-sized at ever position and Gilchrist doesn't really bring anything special to the table....he has no outside game and the NBA will swallow up his ability to drive the ball. Take off the Bobcat glasses folks...until Jordan spends some money on players that can make a true difference this 8 year old franchise will suck and continue to draw flies.

Posted by: EJ | Jul 8, 2012 12:31:02 PM

When will some of you guys stop comparing stats to make a pt that has nothing to do w stats. CHARLOTTEAN is correct.KEMBA may have similar stats to Westbrook but that has nothing to do w getn innthe paint and distributing regularly to his teammates. Even if he gets 6 assists a game and they're from outside shots , he hasn't done his job.

He can't pass. But I would hive him a pass if he tried but all he did was jack shots and play terrible defense. He's never going to be an adequate starting , distributing in the paint ,defending pt gd despite how many camps he attends. It's an attitude. He's a scorer and not a good one.

At some point, he will be a decent scorer . But you can't change these shooters into facilitators to a level that makes This team flow. Rhondo, Irving, Nash , Kidd, Paul ,Shumpert ,the draftee from UNC Marshall all pass first and can pass in the paint . KEMBA can't and worse won't .. The best he will ever be is Nate Robinson. Get a pt gd. When Dunlap sees this , he won't waste a minute w KEMBA. Gordon will start who at least will try to dish some.

Posted by: Ironman | Jul 8, 2012 1:49:11 PM

And if you knew anything about ball, you would know Westbrook is one of he worst pt gds in the NBA. He's a serious two gd but when it comes to playing point, he sucks badly. He has no clue either how to distribute to his teammates in the paint. Ibaka , Thesolosha and Perkins desparately need the ball fed to them as most the Cats do in or around the basket.Westbrook like KEMBA can't do that.

Don't tell me his stats bc they are useless if he can't get 11 assists in the paint or close . If he did ,like Rhondo, Okc wins. Isiah Thomas had to learn this too and only then did he win rings. Youbcan score 25 a night at pt gd but it does little to win games as it's far more critical for the pt gd to get 10 assists in the Paint!!!!!

Posted by: Ironman | Jul 8, 2012 1:57:12 PM

These are the other things KEMBA can't do or won't do ....he can't throw the lob on breaks or half CT sets. He can't hit Guys cutting to the basket off cuts or back doors... He can't throw alley oop passes,...he walks the ball up on the break and ruins breaks.

This is too much to teach a guy respecting the pt gd position whc is by far the toughest position to learn . You must come in w instincts to play the same. His instincts are for a two gd. ....only. The Cats will suck until they get this right. How his teammates don't say anything is ridiculous but very demoralizing. You see how the Heat checked Chalmers. There is no veteran that does that to KEMBA and it's ruining him ..

Posted by: Ironman | Jul 8, 2012 2:21:58 PM


Posted by: Elliot Motaleb | Jul 8, 2012 3:48:44 PM

hope the cats aren't pinning their hopes on jamison as a roster upgrade no disrespect but they need to jump in the second tier free agent market to improve their talent level with free agents that remain:


i would like to see them move on hickson/landry and bayless, mahinimi from dallas is a 6'11 center who's improved each and every year with similar skills as biz with a little more offense. if jaimison is still available then amnesty diop and move on. would talk to portland for sign and trade of augustine for hickson and noland smith

Posted by: fan | Jul 8, 2012 6:58:13 PM

^^^^ these are the most reasonable names dropped yet. i think bayless is better than walker, not quite as good as DJ as a point guard but probably just as good a scorer. mayo needs the right situation and he may never find it. he should go to phoenix if new orleans matches gordon's offer. dragic/mayo/beasley/gortat/morris could be something out there.

most guys don't want to come here unless they are guaranteed a solid role or significant playing time. we can't really provide that at any position outside of the 4 because none of these guys are definitely better than the guys we already have. and we only have 1 real roster spot left to fill (a big for sure) assuming augustin eventually returns. if not bayless would be an ideal replacement. preferred over brooks.

but seriously.....next dude that comes on here talking about chris kaman, I'm calling your mom.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 8, 2012 9:43:57 PM

I keep seeing comments that Walker needs to pass and setup his teammates. OK, set who up and exactly for what? The Bobcats had no one who averaged over 20 points a game consistently last year. They have no "go to" scorer so who do you want him to pass to? They also had a non existent gameplan thanks to Mr. Silas so setting up plays and actually running an offense was out the window.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Jul 8, 2012 10:08:43 PM

Chris Kaman is the Man! Fire up Chips! Central Michigan is awesome, baby!

At least we don't have to deal with charlottean clamoring for Harrison Barnes any longer. Oh, and Antawn Jamison has his own person problems, so the Cats need to stay far away from that headache, too. Next, you'll be begging for Grant Hill or Rashad McCants.

This team needs a Center and Chris Kaman has yet to find a team. Of course, why in the World would he want to come to a loser situation like Charlotte?

Posted by: Kurly K smokes baloney | Jul 8, 2012 10:09:31 PM

The reason you have a dish in the paint pt gd is to get the guys who can't score layups. All the Cats can make a layup if given the ball properly in the paint. Extending your logic ,you would only pass the ball to 20 pt scorers or better as if they are the only ones who can score.

Kembas shooting percentage does not justify why he shouldn't pass to his teammates if he's playing pt gd and the facilitator. Defending him is a joke ESP since he selfishly shot the team piura most games when he was supposed to be setting his teammates up. But you what Dunlap will cure all of his bs I can assure you.. Watch. It will be either pass or sit.

Posted by: Ironman | Jul 9, 2012 9:14:41 AM

yea there's no reason to push drafting barnes since the draft is over. i'll let the results speak from here on out. maybe I'm wrong, but I would put money the other way.

as to who kemba was supposed to be passing to.......who was steve nash passing to last year? great point guards can MAKE 20 ppg scorers out of anybody. he's got guys that would be a lot better if he wasn't dribbling the air out of the ball and jacking up a fadeaway 3 at the shot clock buzzer.

look, part of it is him being a rookie, part was the coaching and losing situation, but he would of shown SOMETHING in the way of ability to set guys up. I mean augustin was playing with the same team and was able to get guys shots (they wouldn't make em for either but shots were created is the point).

i have such a problem with not only his ability to create shots for others, but also his own shot selection. it seemed like every time we had the ball we were taking horrible shots. I do think he will get a lot better at this with time, but I do not think he is a starting pg in this league.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 9, 2012 11:01:22 AM

I for one have faith in Cho, Higgins and Jordan and that other guy who keeps getting quoted who handles all the business affairs for Michael Jordan.

The strategy is clear. The Bobcats will get just marginally better through the draft for the next few years strategically allowing other teams to get better, so we can tank and get a higher draft pick.

In this scenario, we win 13, 18 and 24 games each of the next three years. But, we get to add three high draft picks to the mix...and eventually clean out all the overpriced contracts we have accumulated to date.

However, at the end of year four, patient fans will be rewarded because the team will win 38 games and become really competitive. By year five, the bandwagon will really start getting full because the team will go 44-38, come in 4th in the Southeast Division and go to the playoffs. Unfortunately, they will be swept 4-0 by the Brooklyn Nets in as season that will closely resemble 2009-2010 before the team was torn apart. Then the merry go round will start again.

Posted by: Bobcats All The Way | Jul 9, 2012 1:16:55 PM

Kevin Love wants out of Minesota...commo'n Cho - make it happen.

Charlotte 2013 2nd Rd and Portlands 1st Rd
Charlotte 2015 1st and 2nd Rd
Kemba Walker, Tyrus Thomas and Matt Carroll

Posted by: Love2QueenCity | Jul 9, 2012 1:47:16 PM

You can add Detroit's 1st Rd Protected if necessary.

Posted by: Love2QueenCity | Jul 9, 2012 1:48:48 PM

Interesting to see all this point guard talk when the likely ROY is Kendall Marshall. This guy can improve anyone who plays with him. Also don't expect Anthony Davis to outshine John Henson by a large margin. Sure, I would take Davis if we had picked first but Henson does similar things and is a little larger.

Posted by: Nativetarheel | Jul 9, 2012 3:42:11 PM

minnesota is not letting love go. it doesn't matter what he wants. he's under contract for like 3 more years. he isn't saying he wants out, he's saying he's losing patience. that's why they're out here trying to get gasol and batum and brandon roy and chase buddinger and basically everybody. but not tyrus thomas.

how is kendall marshall going to be ROY when he's going to be behind goran dragic.

think guys. PLEASE THINK.

we aren't tanking for 4 years. We are going to be bad for this year and probably next. we will probably be back in the playoff picture 2014-15. Only bad contracts we have are ben gordon and tyrus thomas. thomas can be amnestied this summer or next and ben gordon comes off the books after next year. carroll and diop come off the books after this coming season and could be valuable trade chips. we aren't far off.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 9, 2012 7:16:08 PM

Its interesting to see all the slamming and prophets when Kemba and Bismack had no training and were thrown in to the mix with horrible coaching and surrounding cast.
Also MKG hasn't even played one game yet.
All players take 3 years to season as written here before.
In 4 years we have those 3 plus hopefully GH in his prime and a few top draft picks still to determine and tons of money to spend.
Yes alot of if's but if this year just shows some more wins and more importantly player and team development and excitement it will be a great rebuild year. Add a #1 pick next year and watch out.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Jul 10, 2012 9:47:17 AM

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