NBA rumors: Frank Kaminsky to return this season?

Within a two-week span, Suns backup big Frank Kaminsky went from scoring a career-high 31 points to being ruled out indefinitely with a stress reaction to his right knee. The 7-footer didn’t make the four-game road trip Phoenix (14-3) continues Wednesday night against the Cavaliers (9-9). Sources informed The Republic that Kaminsky isn’t ruled out for the season, as the Suns are evaluating and determining a timetable for his return.

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"We're going to miss him for sure, but we're hopeful he can get back sooner rather than later," Suns coach Monty Williams said before Phoenix's home win over Denver on Sunday. "He's a huge part of our team, culture and we just have to wait and see, but just feel for him cause he was playing so well." Dario Saric is expected to miss at least the entire regular season as he's rehabbing from tearing his right ACL in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
The workouts will be particularly helpful to two players, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Frank Kaminsky, who had their rehab processes halted. General manager James Jones described those players as “stuck” at a certain point in mid-April because of the team’s inability to work them through the recoveries first-hand.
Gina Mizell: James Jones said Kelly Oubre Jr. (meniscus surgery) and Frank Kaminsky (patella stress fracture) have both medically healed, but "kind of pressed the pause button" because they can't do full-blown sports rehab. If season resumes, Jones is optimistic they'd be able to play. #Suns
Gina Mizell: #Suns announce reserve big man Frank Kaminsky has been diagnosed with a right patella stress fracture and is out indefinitely. He had missed the past two games (and had been on and off recent injury reports) with knee “soreness.” He’ll be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks. pic.twitter.com/FCUtWXyXMI
Rick Bonnell: Frank Kaminsky (sprained ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (shin contusion) available to play. With Batum out, I’d think Lamb starts, with Dwayne Bacon his backup.
Clay Bailey: Hornets have announced that Frank Kaminsky, who was questionable with illness, will play tonight vs. Grizz. Did not play vs. ORL on Sunday
A Charlotte Hornets public relations official told CBS Sports that Queen City Hoops’ report was inaccurate and Frank Kaminsky did not have an MRI on Monday. Queen City Hoops also tweeted an apology, reporting that Kaminsky could in fact be back in the lineup as early as this coming weekend. This is obviously fantastic news for the Hornets, who need the big man to be available as they try to get back in the playoff picture.
An MRI was performed today in Charlotte, and although it is unknown whether or not Kaminsky will need surgery to repair any significant damage in his left shoulder, it is expected for the team to eventually announce that he will be shut down for the rest of the ’16-’17 season.
Horners center/forward Frank Kaminsky, who sprained his shoulder in Phoenix last week, won’t play and is being examined Monday in Charlotte. Coach Steve Clifford said Saturday that he expects Kaminsky to be out 10 to 14 days.
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