Charlotte Hornets: Is Frank Kaminsky a trade candidate?

Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Frank Kaminsky, who will be a free agent after this season, could be a trade candidate at some point this year for the Charlotte Hornets.

It’s been an interesting start to the season for Frank Kaminsky. The fourth-year big out of Wisconsin is used to being in the rotation, but he’s played in just three games and played a total of 17 minutes so far this season for the Charlotte Hornets.

With Marvin Williams still starting at the power forward position, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist playing a lot of minutes at that position off the bench, there hasn’t been much room for Frank the Tank. However, that could change.

Remember, Frank is on an expiring contract, and his skill-set for a guy his size is typically coveted around the league. The team should consider giving him some run and try to build up his trade value.

During his career with the Charlotte Hornets thus far, Kaminsky has left fans wanting more. He’s a good floor spacer, but has really struggled defensively and on the glass.

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For his career, Kaminsky averages just 4.0 rebounds in 23.2 minutes. He hasn’t improved much on the defensive end, which limits his time on the court, especially when his shots aren’t falling.

It’s pretty clear that Kaminsky’s future with the team is bleak, which is why I suggest getting his trade value up. You’d like to get something in return for him, plus, teams are always looking to add bigs that can hit the three-ball.

Kaminsky shot a career-high 38 percent from three-point land last season, and a career-high 80 percent from the free-throw line. Those are great percentages for a 6’11 big guy.

There’s no doubt that he can help a team, even this Hornets team, who could use another shooter in the bench lineup. It’s going to be interesting to see when Frank gets his shot in the rotation. He seems to have put in a lot of work during the off-season.

In this video, Kaminsky notes that he had worked on his consistency during the off-season, as well as improving his confidence and being stronger mentally. Even when his shot is off, he’s got to keep shooting and trust himself, so I’m glad to see him work on that part of his game, which is crucial.

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I don’t want it to sound like I’m just bashing on Kaminsky, because I’m not. I think he’s a good role player that will have a very long NBA career. However, the clock is ticking for him to make an impact in Charlotte, otherwise, he’ll be wearing a different uniform soon.