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.
"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
Phoenix Suns forward Frank Kaminsky III has been sidelined indefinitely with a right patella stress fracture, the team announced Saturday. Kaminsky has not played for the Suns since Dec. 28, missing three games.
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.
Managing Editor of Queen City Hoops, Spencer Percy, has learned from a source close to the team that Frank Kaminsky will “likely” miss the remainder of the season with what the Hornets have called a sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder.
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.
Frank Kaminsky: Surgery was #Lit and I'm alive and stuff so that's pretty cool. Thank you to everyone for wishing me well.
November 30, 2021 | 12:56 pm EST Update
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins, 31, is a 10-year NBA veteran with averages of 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocked shots in 606 career regular season games for the Kings, Pelicans, Warriors, Rockets and Clippers.
Keith Smith: Something to keep an eye on: Caleb Martin is on a Two-Way with the Miami Heat. Two-Way players are limited to 50 NBA games on the active roster. If I have my counting correct, Martin is currently at 19 active games. He’s become a key rotation player for the Heat as a Two-Way guy.
Phoenix, at 17-3, has separated itself as the most relevant conference competitor. They won the West a season ago and have ripped off an in-progress 16-game win streak to caution the league against labeling it a fluke. They’re a complete operation in a league riddled with flawed rosters. “Sixteen in a row,” Draymond Green said. “You want to go be the team to stop that.”
“Guys believe we can play and beat anybody, and I think we’ve shown that, regardless of what the circumstances are,” said Finch, who politely declined to discuss Carlisle’s apology. “We just have to keep doing that every night. Our problem is as a young team we aren’t always there mentally, and we have to get dialed back in and be a little more business-like in our approach sometimes.” Suddenly, the Wolves are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the West, and it is not just the players who are getting noticed. When asked by Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz about Finch before the game, Carlisle said he had great respect for him. “He’s coached all over the world,” Carlisle said. “His resume is a little bit like (Toronto Raptors coach) Nick Nurse. He’s coached all kinds of different places, all kinds of different situations.”
Sarah K. Spencer: Onyeka Okongwu has been doing more live work, per Nate McMillan. In the next couple days, he’ll go to the Skyhawks to play 5-on-5 in practice. “We slowly are trying to build him up.” After a couple practices, they’ll see if Okongwu can play in a G League game, per McMillan.
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan said Cam Reddish was limited to shooting in practice today. He’s day-to-day, so too soon to say if Reddish will play tomorrow vs. Indiana. Says Reddish will be a game-time decision.