Rumor: Mavs have ‘kicked tires’ on Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Raptors’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
The Dallas Mavericks have already made one big move this season, but they may not be done yet. According to reports, the Mavs have “kicked tires” on possibly trading for Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Toronto Raptors swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Reporting with @rick_bonnell, Mavericks are mulling whether to add a 3/4 defender. I'm told they have "kicked tires" on Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Toronto's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, but purely exploratory at this point. Trade deadline is one week from today.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) January 31, 2020
The Mavs are 29-18 on the season, good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
Kidd-Gilchrist has appeared in just 12 games for the Hornets this season. The veteran is averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 34.0 percent from the field. He has spent his entire career with the Hornets after being selected as the second overall pick in the 2012 draft.
MKG has career averages of 8.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
Hollis-Jefferson is in his first season with the Raptors. The lefty is putting up 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 38 games and shooting 46.7 percent overall and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe. He spent the first four years of his career with the Brooklyn Nets after being the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 draft.
The Mavs are looking to make the playoffs this season for the first time since 2016. With Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis leading the way, the team appears well on their way to snapping their playoff drought.