Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets Agree On $52 Million Extension
Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has reached an agreement on a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets, reports Yahoo Sports.
The fourth-year NBA player averaged a career-high 10.9 points last season, alongside 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, though he was limited by injury to 55 games. He also shot 46.5 percent from the field, and his jump shot improved from previous seasons.
His improvement was the result of working with former All-Star Mark Price, who praised Kidd-Gilchrist for his willingness to change an awkward-looking shot with flawed fundamentals.
The 21-year-old also had a major effect on the Hornets, who were 27-28 with Kidd-Gilchrist in the lineup and 6-21 without him the past season.
Kidd-Gilchrist was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, taken one spot behind his former Kentucky teammate, Anthony Davis.