January 19, 2016, 6:53 pm
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is beating his timetable and has been cleared for full contact practice.
MKG at full strength was a guy we liked with a late-round floor but with the emergence of Marvin Williams and Jeremy Lamb he doesn’t have the red carpet he once had to stroll on into that role. We’re probably looking at 1-3 weeks before he can suit up if we had to guess, and from there it will be a slow ramp up to wherever he settles. Expecting him to have a full speed March and April is really the best case scenario here, so stashing him right now isn’t worth the squeeze. The goal here will be to try and get him right before the hype kicks up, unless it kicks up too soon.