Charlotte Hornets Rumors: Frank Kaminsky frustrated with team

Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

After not being traded before the deadline and with no buyout in sight, Charlotte Hornets big Frank Kaminsky appears to be frustrated with the team.

If you asked me which Charlotte Hornets player was most likely to be traded prior to the NBA’s trade deadline, I would have told you Frank Kaminsky.

Well, that didn’t happen.

Matter of fact, the Hornets failed to make any moves before the trade deadline. Afterwards, rumors began to swirl about Kaminsky being a potential buyout candidate, but nothing has surfaced on that front.

Now, according to Sean Deveney of SportingNews, Frank Kaminsky is “very frustrated” with the Hornets and how buyout talks have stalled.

Kaminsky is in his fourth year with the Hornets, and will hit free agency this summer. This has easily been his worst season in the NBA, as he has been out of Charlotte’s rotation for the majority of the season.

The big man out of Wisconsin is averaging just 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game this season. He has only played in a total of 26 games for the Hornets.

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Deveney notes that the Hornets received multiple offers prior to the trade deadline for Frank Kaminsky, offers which included players and draft picks.

It still surprises me that the Hornets did not trade Kaminsky before the trade deadline. He’s still a young player that can stretch the floor, so it’s not surprising to see that multiple teams around the league had interest in his services.

Plus, it’s pretty clear that Kaminsky has no future in Charlotte. He’ll be a restricted free agent this off-season, and even though the Hornets have team control, he will more than likely end up playing for a different ball club next season.

I can understand why he is upset. It has to be tough to sit and watch from the bench for most of the season. However, I can also understand why James Borrego isn’t giving him a spot in the rotation.

Charlotte plays a lot smaller nowadays, and with the production they do get from the centers on the roster, there’s no room for Kaminsky. He’s currently buried behind Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo and Willy Hernangomez in the rotation.

I don’t see his role changing, either. The Charlotte Hornets are strictly focused on making it into the playoffs, and nothing more. If injuries strike and hit the front court, maybe he will get a chance at some minutes, but right now, it’s not looking likely.

If Kaminsky were to get a buyout from the Hornets, it would give him the opportunity to finish the season with a team that could potentially give him the playing time he is seeking.

It’s unclear at the moment about what’s going to happen with Kaminsky, but one thing is clear, and that is that his days as a Hornet are numbered. Instead of trading him and getting something in return, the Hornets will likely lose him for nothing.

This will be an interesting topic to track for the remainder of the season. Hopefully Kaminsky can stay positive and be ready to play out the rest of this season for Charlotte if needed. He’s always been a good team player during his time in Charlotte, but you’d hate to see this potentially affect the locker room in a bad way.

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