NBA Rumor: Frank Kaminsky Free Agency

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The Sacramento Kings have waived forward-center Frank Kaminsky, according to General Manager Monte McNair. Kaminsky appeared in four preseason games with the Kings, averaging 5.3 points (.400 FG%, .250 3pt%) and 7.6 minutes per game. Prior to Sacramento, the former ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets accrued averages of 9.8 points (.422 FG%, .347 3pt%, .750 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 21.9 minutes per game in 321 career games (36 starts) with Charlotte (2015-19) and the Phoenix Suns (2019-20).

As a 7-footer who can shoot from the perimeter, Kaminsky believes there’s a place for him on an NBA roster. He’d like it to be in Phoenix, where he can be the primary backup to Ayton at center. “I’ve had some really good stretches in my career but I haven’t put it together for an extended period of time and that’s something I know I can do and something I keep working towards,” Kaminsky said. “I know it’s going to happen one day, so I’m going to keep working for that and that’s really how my first five years have gone.”

The Bucks have a quandary in the frontcourt with the possibility that big man Brook Lopez was so productive this season that he played himself out of Milwaukee’s price range. We’ll dust off an old Badger favorite as a possibility to help replace him: former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky was on the outs for most of the season in Charlotte, and according to sources, the Bucks attempted to trade for him at the deadline but were turned down and eventually acquired Nikola Mirotic. As free agency approaches, expect Milwaukee to have Kaminsky as an option again should the Bucks lose Lopez.

As for how this resurgence will help Kaminsky’s case in the offseason remains to be seen. He will be a restricted free agent and the Hornets can give him a qualifying offer of $4.9 million or match any offer sheet he signs with another team if they so choose. But he said none of those things are at the forefront of his mind. “I’m not worried about that stuff,” Kaminsky said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m here to play basketball and I’m here to help our team win games. I guess that’s why we all have agents and let them handle that stuff because it’s their job to figure out that stuff. Me, I just want to go out and play. I love playing basketball so whatever comes with that comes with that.”
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