‘Tis the season for NBA rumors and all through the house not a much truth was stirring — especially in Charlotte (it’s not December yet, I don’t have to rhyme that). Yesterday a rumor spread like wildfire that the Charlotte Bobcats were shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist despite the fact that they drafted him just last offseason.
But Bobcats general manager Rich Cho came out on Tuesday to vehemently deny the rumor that the former first-round draft pick was being shopped, saying yes they’ve gotten calls about the young prospect but no they’re not at all interested in trading him for anyone.
Rich Cho to WFNZ on whether they’re shopping MKG: “No! We’re not shopping him. We get calls on all our players. My job to take calls.”
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 26, 2013
It’s draft time which means rumors are going to swirl around no matter what general managers try to do. But it was a foolish notion to think that the Bobcats were going to bail on Kidd-Gilchrist after having him on roster for just a single season and had they traded him it would have made the front office look even more foolish than they’re already perceived to be.
The denial of the Kidd-Gilchrist rumor comes on the heels of a similar denial about rumors that the Miami Heat were trading Chris Bosh to Charlotte for the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft.