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Report: Bucks attempted to trade for Frank Kaminsky this season, could pursue him in summer if Brook Lopez leaves

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The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly attempted to trade for Charlotte Hornets big man Frank Kaminsky this season and could pursue him in the summer if Brook Lopez leaves, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

Lopez had a great season with the Bucks and will surely get a raise from the $3 million he made in 2019-20. Milwaukee wants to re-sign Lopez, but they also have to make decisions on Khris Middleton and Nikola Mirotic, who will also become free agents.

Kaminsky has a qualifying option with the Hornets worth $4 million for next season. He would become a restricted free agent this summer if Charlotte exercises that option. If they don’t, Kaminsky would become an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team of his choice.

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.

Lopez averaged 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists this season while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line. He made 187 3-pointers for the Bucks and is going to be in demand this offseason.

Kaminsky put up 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Hornets and shot 46.3 percent overall and 36.0 percent from the 3-point line.