Charlotte Hornets Rumors: Frank Kaminsky on Phoenix Suns radar

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 power forward Frank Kaminsky will be a free agent in a matter of days, and it appears that the Phoenix Suns have interest in his services.

The upcoming free agency of Charlotte Hornets star Kemba Walker has overshadowed the upcoming free agency of Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky balled out in the second half of the season, giving the Hornets something to think about this off-season when it comes to his future with the team.

Charlotte clearly noticed his improvement throughout the season, giving him more and more time in the rotation as the year progressed. Other teams, like the Phoenix Suns, may have also noticed Kaminsky’s resurgence.

According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports, the Suns are looking to upgrade the power forward position in free agency and have interest in Frank Kaminsky, along with Indiana’s Thaddeus Young, Portland’s Al-Farouq Aminu and Philadelphia’s Mike Scott.

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Young and Aminu are clearly better players than Kaminsky and Scott, but they will be more expensive. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Kaminsky sign a short-term deal with a team and look to prove himself as a legit NBA player.

Kaminsky went from riding the bench for the first half of the season to playing a pretty important role in the second half of the season. He was nearly traded at the trade deadline, but Charlotte opted to hang on to him. Overall, Kaminsky averaged 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 2018-19.

The Suns have had a pretty disastrous off-season thus far. They went from potentially landing a top-three pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, to landing the sixth pick. They then moved down from that sixth slot, trading away a future star in Jarrett Culver in order to select Cameron Johnson 11th overall. Oh, and they (literally) gave up T.J. Warren in a trade with Indiana for nothing in return.

I mean, it’s been a really rough time for the Suns and their fans. They haven’t won more than 30 games in a season since 2015, and things aren’t getting any easier playing in a historically difficult Western Conference.

They are currently really thin at the power forward spot, which is why Kaminsky could be a sneaky good pickup for them. It’s wouldn’t be a signing that moves the needle a ton, but he could help them with his floor spacing ability next to Deandre Ayton.

With the Hornets adding a lot of depth at the forward spot, Kaminsky’s chances of remaining in Charlotte aren’t great. It may be worthwhile for both sides to move on. Kaminsky is a talented player that could be better off elsewhere.

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If he does end up staying with the Charlotte Hornets, I can see him remaining in the rotation for next season, even with PJ Washington coming to town. He has struggled at times during his career, but he does bring shooting and activity to the second unit.