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Duane Rankin: #Suns, Frank Kaminsky III agree to a one-year, $2.1M deal according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports. Gives #Suns not only another big, but big who has played under Monty Williams in two seasons as #Suns coach. Great in locker room. Team guy. Has contributed.
Shams Charania: The Phoenix Suns have claimed F/C Frank Kaminsky off free agency waivers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium .
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).
The big man out of Wisconsin last season produced averages of 9.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Phoenix Suns According to the Turkish reporter Ugur Ozan Sulak, now Fenerbahce will try to convince the big man to move to the old continent. The team led by coach Kokoskov had previously negotiated with Kaminsky, but he was still determined to play his cards in the NBA.
Shams Charania: The Sacramento Kings are releasing F/C Frank Kaminsky, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium .
Sean Cunningham: Sacramento Kings have officially announced the signing of F/C Frank Kaminsky. He will wear No. 41
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F/C Frank Kaminsky has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, his agent @Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports tell ESPN.
James Ham: League source confirms Frank Kaminsky is joining Kings on one-year, non-guaranteed contract. Another nice budget pick up for Sacramento. @Adrian Wojnarowski first
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.”
Rod Boone: Per a league source, #Hornets don’t plan on extending a qualifying offer to Frank Kaminsky, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. Hornets don’t have much cap space and currently have a logjam on their frontline after last week’s draft.
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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