Report: Frank Kaminsky frustrated with Hornets as buyout discussions stall
The Charlotte Hornets had big hopes leading up to the trade deadline in early February. In an attempt to bring in help for Kemba Walker and make a solid playoff push this season, they tried to make a deal happen for big man Marc Gasol. Unfortunately, the Hornets swung and missed, and they weren’t even able to move off any of the salary they were trying to trade away.
Former first-round pick Frank Kaminsky was on the block, but he ultimately wasn’t moved. After not being traded, there was a strong sense that a buyout was coming soon.
However, as the Hornets have dragged their feet on making a buyout happen, Kaminsky is reportedly getting frustrated with the team and his lack of playing time this season, per Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
Having only played 26 games so far this season, Kaminsky’s focus remains finding his way to a team where he would be able to play more. In the few games he has played, he is only averaging 10.8 minutes per night, almost half of his previous lowest average of 21.1 minutes per game in his rookie season. His production hasn’t changed much, as his per-36-minute numbers are in line with previous seasons, but new Hornets head coach James Borrego just doesn’t have a need for Kaminsky. The fourth-year center has sat behind Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, and even Willy Hernangomez in the rotation.
Frank Kaminsky is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, so a chance to play his way into a nice payday would be ideal for him, but it’s looking more and more like he will have to wait until then to find another opportunity to play elsewhere.