Ryan Broekhoff follows Jonah Bolden as the next Australian to get waived by an NBA team in recent news.
According to Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks are planning on signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who will finalise a buyout with the Charlotte Hornets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Dallas will waive Broekhoff before Kidd-Gilchrist's deal is inked.
This season, Broekhoff has played a total of 17 games, averaging 4.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists over 10.6 minutes of playing time per game, while shooting 39.2% from the three-point line.
The decision is a puzzling one. The Mavericks, who have focused their efforts on adding shooting around All-Star guard Luka Doncic --including moving Kristaps Porzingis away from the post and out to the perimeter on offence-- will add to its roster a swingman that has been known more for rebounding and defence, and less so for shooting. This season, Kidd-Gilchrist has shot 29.4% from deep, and a career 28% three-point shooter.
It's unclear where Broekhoff's next destination could be, but his shooting and rebounding abilities will fit a market that prizes forwards who can defend, and space the floor on offence.