When the Charlotte Hornets were in the midst of their most recent losing streak, they had a good chance of avoiding a second consecutive season without a playoff appearance.
That’s why, after trading for former Charlotte star Kemba Walker, the Hornets were able to sign Walker and re-sign Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Walker’s first contract was worth $7 million and Kidd-Gillchrist’s second contract was $7.9 million.
The Hornets have since re-signed both players to multi-year deals, but they are still stuck with their two starting point guards.
The only other point guard the Hornets have in the first three years of the deal is rookie point guard Tyler Johnson, who is set to become a free agent this summer.
Kidd-Wesley’s second season with the Bobcats is a different story.
The former first-round pick is set for a two-year, $24 million deal.
The contract is reportedly for $5 million a year, which means that Kidd-Williams is guaranteed to make at least $4 million this season.
If Kidd-Evans numbers match his career averages (10.7 points, 5.4 assists per game) he will make $4.6 million, or nearly $1.4 million more than he makes now.
Kidd is a player who will be paid more this season than he will ever make in a Hornets uniform, but he still has a chance to win more than $6 million.
That would be enough to keep Kidd-Nets for at least two more seasons.
The Bobcats were able for this offseason to sign Kidd-Johnson to a two year deal for $3.8 million, which would be almost $6.5 million more in salary than the contract that Kidd signed with the Hornets this past summer.
For the first time in Kidd-evans contract history, the Bobcat will be able to match Kidd-Williams numbers.
It should help Kidd- Williams make a bit more money next season, but it could be too little too late.
Kidd was a free-agent acquisition last summer, but Charlotte is set on retaining him as a restricted free agent in 2019.
The problem is, Kidd-Williams deal will be up for renewal in 2019, meaning that Charlotte will have to make an adjustment in terms of salary to match his deal.
Charlotte has been able to use the salary cap space to sign free agents over the last couple of years, but Kidd-Smith’s extension will not be renewed.
Charlotte’s decision to keep him with a cap hit of $5.9 M is a gamble, but a gamble it is.
Kidd will get paid at least what he will earn this season, and that should put the Hornets in a better position next season.
The real question will be what happens with the team’s top two scorers in the NBA.
Both Kidd-Dwyer and Kidd will be on the market in 2019 and 2020.
Kidd has a contract that is set at $20.5 M this season and $26.5 in 2020, so his new deal should be a fair deal for him.
The two young point guards are expected to command big salaries in the coming years, and the Hornets will have plenty of cap room to sign both players.