|Forwards Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist released by Charlotte Hornets|
|Cuts mean more time for younger players|
|Published Saturday, February 8, 2020 6:24 pm|
|PHOTO | TROY HULL|
|Marvin Williams, who remade his game to become a three-point threat with the Hornets, was released Saturday along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.|
The Charlotte Hornets are waving good-by to the past to make way for the future.
By cutting a pair of former No. 2 overall draft picks in Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Saturday, they’ve effectively confirmed a youth movement in reality as well as spirit. James Borrego pledged before the season to give court time based on productivity, not salary, and by releasing the forwards Charlotte jettisoned higher-paid veterans with limited potential to contribute. With Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington in the starting lineup at forward and Cody Martin showing potential off the bench, Williams and Kidd-Gilchrist's minutes were limited in Charlotte, which is 16-35 and 12th in the Eastern Conference.
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Williams, a 15-year NBA veteran who spent six seasons in Charlotte, averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.1 minutes per game as a Hornet. The 6-8 forward remade his offensive tools in Charlotte, connecting on 681 three-point shots – third best in franchise history – on 1,801 attempts compared to 353 in his first nine seasons. Williams, who was originally drafted second overall in by Atlanta, played 429 games in Charlotte, sixth most in team history, and his 2,293 rebounds is eighth.
Kidd-Gilchrist is a defensive specialist with offensive limitations that never fit Borrego’s emphasis on stretching defenses with three-pointers. Kidd-Gilchrist, who was drafted by the Hornets in 2012, averaged 8.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. The 6-6 forward has appeared 12 games this season averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Kidd-Gilchrist’s 433 games played and 2,388 rebounds are both fifth in team history, and his 301 blocks is sixth all-time.
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