Charlotte Hornets “disinterested” in a Frank Kaminsky buyout

Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Charlotte Hornets big Frank Kaminsky would like a buyout from the team, but it appears Charlotte is not interesting in letting Kaminsky hit the market.

We all know how tough of a season it has been for Charlotte Hornets fourth-year pro Frank Kaminsky.

Whether you like him or not, it can’t be easy sitting on the bench for the majority of the season. Kaminsky is clearly unhappy with his role and would prefer to be with a new team. You can’t blame him for that.

According to Marc Spears of ESPN, Kaminsky would like a buyout from the Hornets so he can join a team and be playoff eligible, but the Hornets are not interested in parting ways with him just yet.

If he isn’t bought out by Friday, he will no longer be playoff eligible for a different team. It’s an interesting development, and a development that has to upset Kaminsky and his fans.

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Kaminsky is averaging career-lows across the board, putting up 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in just 10.8 minutes. He has appeared in just 26 games for the Charlotte Hornets this season.

With Kaminsky being buried on the depth chart and a spot in the rotation out of sight, the honorable thing to do would be buying his contract out and letting him play elsewhere, in my opinion.

However, I do understand why the Hornets want to keep him for the remainder of this season. The team is in the midst of a playoff push, and Kaminsky is good insurance to have in case any key front court players go down with an injury.

Earlier this season, starting center Cody Zeller missed 16 straight games due to a fractured hand. Multiple players stepped up in his absence, and while Kaminsky didn’t get a ton of minutes, he did at least get a chance on the floor on occasion.

Kaminsky will be a free agent after this season, and the odds of him re-signing in Charlotte are slim. With his shooting ability at the center position, he should be able to draw interest from multiple teams around the league, even with the lack of playing time this season.

It was rumored that the Hornets were looking to trade Kaminsky prior to the trade deadline, but the Hornets decided to stand pat at the deadline and make zero moves. Instead of getting something in return for him, Charlotte will likely lose him for nothing over the summer.

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It’s been an up-and-down journey for Kaminsky as a member of the Hornets, but there’s no doubt that he can help an NBA team. That team is just not the Charlotte Hornets.