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Hornets decline qualifying offer for Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky, Hornets

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Charlotte Hornets have opted not to extend a qualifying offer to Frank Kaminsky, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Several teams are reportedly interested in the No. 9 overall pick in 2015.

This is another asset down the drain for Charlotte.

Hornets fans have to feel awful about this. It’s not that Kaminsky’s departure would negatively impact the team. This is a case of the Hornets striking out once again on one of their top draft picks. Also, the fact that they rejected several offers for the No. 9 pick in 2015 — including the Celtics’ reported offer of six draft picks and four first-round picks to move up — just adds more salt to the wound.

Instead, they ended up with Kaminsky, who obviously has not panned out the way the Hornets had hoped. Now, it appears they have given up on the four-year man out of Wisconsin.

Still, this does not come as much of a surprise. Kaminsky fell out of head coach James Borrego’s rotation last year. He played just 47 games last season and averaged just 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in just 16.1 minutes per game.

At this point, it seems Kaminsky is what he is, though he is only just 26 years old. Nevertheless, he can still offer teams a solid rotation big man who can space out the floor. There’s always a place for big men who can shoot the three, though he lacks some versatility and quickness to be able to keep up with guards on the pick-and-roll.