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Mavs’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist not in Orlando ‘bubble’

Dallas Mavericks forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is not yet in the Orlando bubble but the team is ironing things out to finally get him.

Amid rumors about Kidd-Gilchrist’s status, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle finally gave an update.

“We’re working to get him here logistically,” Carlisle said, per Doyle Rader of SB Nation. “and we hope that that happens soon.”

Mavs fans have yet to see much of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in action. The team picked him up from waivers in February. Prior to the suspension of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus, the 26-year-old had only played nine games for them.

His third with the team was particularly notable. Carlisle fielded him for 21 minutes where he finished with two points 1-2 shooting and snagged six rebounds. In his first two games with the Mavs, Kidd-Gilchrist logged in a total of nine minutes.

Carlisle expressed his admiration for Kidd-Gilchrist, particularly his curiosity and innate competitiveness. The coach believes that the forward will improve as time goes by.

“I’ll tell you what, he’s been great in terms of doing everything, absolutely everything that we’re asking him to do,” Carlisle said. “He’s asking a lot of questions. It’s clear that he is really a terrific competitor. Again, I see him getting better as time goes along.”

To recall, Kidd-Gilchrist was the second overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. He spent his first eight seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. While he didn’t develop into a star, he was part of the starting line up for the Hornets.