Rumors have swirled since before the Dallas Mavericks departed Dallas for the NBA bubble at Disney World whether the whole team would arrive and participate in the league’s restart. Most recently, the internet has been buzzing about whether Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is with the team. Wednesday afternoon, head coach Rick Carlisle addressed MKG’s situation during a press conference with the media.
“We’re working to get him here logistically,” Carlisle said, “and we hope that that happens soon.”
It’s confirmed then. Kidd-Gilchrist is not with the team in Orlando currently. Carlisle didn’t provide any more information about the situation.
Dallas acquired Kidd-Gilchrist as a free agent on February 11 after waiving fan favorite Ryan Broekhoff. At the time, both Carlisle and players praised the former No. 2 overall draft pick for his defensive prowess and ability to play multiple positions.
“He’s a great defensive player. He helps us a lot,” Luka Doncic said of MKG. “He can play the small game. He can play the five and the four. He brings the energy.”
Fans haven’t really been able to see much of Kidd-Gilchrist since he joined the team, though. He’s appeared in just nine games with the Mavericks for a total of 71 minutes. He only made one of seven field goal attempts in that time.
Now, it looks as though it will be even longer before he steps on the court for Dallas again.