Kaminsky and the Suns have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Kaminsky never quite fit in with a crowded Hornets frontcourt, but he'll head to a more favorable situation in Phoenix, which parted ways with backup big man Richaun Holmes earlier Monday. The Suns do have Aron Baynes behind Deandre Ayton, but Kaminsky can also slide down and play the power forward spot, where Phoenix currently has very little depth.
Kaminsky was not extended the qualifying offer and will become an unrestricted free agent.
As expected, Kaminsky wasn't extended the qualifying offer by the Hornets, making the fourth-year big an unrestricted free agent. Kaminsky averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 threes in 16.1 minutes per game a year ago and figures to sign a contract with a team as a rotational stretch big upon free agency.
Kaminsky is unlikely to receive a qualifying offer from the Hornets, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
The expectation is that the big man will become an unrestricted free agent. After drafting P.J. Washington, the Hornets' frontcourt is relatively full, and Charlotte seems to be content with letting Kaminsky walk. He appeared in 47 games last season, averaging 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.1 minutes.
The Hornets have not yet decided if they'll extend Kaminsky a $4.4 million qualifying offer, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Hornets' executive Mitch Kupchak was up-front with the media, saying recently that the team has not yet decided whether it will bring Kaminsky -- a former top-10 pick -- back for what would be his fifth season in Charlotte. The Wisconsin product appeared in only 47 games last season, but he had a relatively strong run of production near the end of the end of the year, averaging 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 made threes over his final 21 games. Prior to that stretch, the two sides appeared to be heading for a divorce this summer, but the big man's future is now very much clouded. Charlotte will have until July 1 to make a decision.
Kaminsky tallied 14 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 124-97 win over the Cavaliers.
Kaminsky cooled off from his last three games Tuesday night, failing to record 20 points, but the effort was solid nonetheless. He was much less active on the offensive end Tuesday, shooting only five shots. Look for him to receive a solid look off the bench in the team's last game.
Kaminsky finished with 24 points (9-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a block across 28 minutes in the Hornets' win over the Pistons on Sunday.
Kaminsky continued his strong play on Sunday, dropping 24 points in a must-win game. Kaminsky has been a key contributor for the Hornets over their recent three-game winning streak, averaging 29.3 points and 8.0 boards.
Kaminsky contributed 22 points (8-19 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes during Friday's win over Toronto.
Kaminsky topped 20 points for the second-straight game, coming through with a pivotal performance in the Hornets desperate effort to keep the playoff dream alive. After being on the periphery of the rotation for much of the season, Kaminsky's come alive since the start of March. Over his past 17 games, Kaminsky's averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds while seeing 21.7 minutes per contest -- nearly a 10 minutes per game increase over his averaged for the rest of the season. Given their current standing, the Hornets will need everything Kaminsky can provide in order to make the playoffs.
Kaminsky totaled 21 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-9 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 115-109 victory over the Pelicans.
Kaminsky played 28 minutes off the bench Wednesday, leading the second unit with 21 points including three triples. With Cody Zeller (knee) basically done for the season, Kaminsky has had extra opportunities over the past few weeks. His stronger nights typically result in points and threes making him more of a speculative streaming option at best.
Kaminsky notched 15 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds and two assists across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 125-116 overtime victory against the Spurs.
Kaminsky was extremely efficient shooting Tuesday night, hitting four threes en route to 50 percent shooting on the night. His size alone affords him ample rebound chances, but his lack of post play for a big and lack of opportunity in the minutes department makes games like Tuesday's hard to come by.
Kaminsky contributed 13 points (3-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 7-9 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 30 minutes during Sunday's 93-75 loss to the Heat.
Kaminsky continues to produce fairly decent counting stats through eight March matchups, this after being an afterthought in the team's rotation for much of the campaign. The 25-year-old big man isn't the most consistent factor, as he has scored in single digits twice this month. Nevertheless, he's been amassing enough points and boards to hold decent value for those in deep leagues.
Kaminsky finished with 16 points (4-8 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists, and one rebound in 21 minutes during Saturday's 131-114 loss to the Bucks.
Kaminsky dropped double-digits for the fourth time in his last five games, continuing to have somewhat of a resurgence. The scoring has been nice but Kaminsky typically produces very little outside of points and three-pointers and so, remains a streaming option only at this stage.
Kaminsky totaled 20 points (8-11 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three rebounds and one block across 23 minutes in Wednesday's 91-84 loss to the Heat.
Kaminsky has now averaged 17.8 points over his last three games, which is surprising since he had scored just 18 points all of 2019 prior to that span. His shooting has certainly been efficient and if he can impr3ove his rebounding given his size, he can maintain his minutes off the bench.
Kaminsky collected 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt), seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 24 minutes during Friday's 123-112 win over the Nets.
Kaminsky reached double figures in scoring for the first time since Dec. 14 while earning double-digit minutes for the first time since Jan. 2. He had been a healthy scratch in each of the first four games following the All-Star break, but Kaminsky received the nod in this one while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Willy Hernangomez both received DNP-Coach's Decision designations in this one.
The Hornets aren't expected to buy Kaminsky out of his contract before Friday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
March 1 marks the deadline for players to be released while retaining the ability to sign elsewhere and maintain eligibility for the postseason. Kaminsky, who has been outside of the Charlotte rotation all season, would surely like to move to a contending club even if it doesn't translate to an increased role, but the Hornets apparently don't see much benefit in acquiescing to his desires. Unless injuries hit the three centers ahead of him on the depth chart, Kaminsky will likely only see garbage time with Charlotte the rest of the way before hitting free agency this summer.
Kaminsky (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Sunday in the Hornets' 120-95 loss to the Pacers.
The long-term injury to Cody Zeller (hand) hasn't had much of an impact on Kaminsky, who remains on the outside of coach James Borrego's rotation while Bismack Biyombo and Willy Hernangomez routinely fill all the minutes at center. Set to become a free agent this offseason, Kaminsky could be a candidate to be dealt ahead of the Feb. 7 trade deadline if another team has more of a need for a three-point shooting big man. That said, it's difficult to envision a scenario where Kaminsky regularly plays extended minutes in Charlotte or anywhere else this season.
Kaminsky scored six points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and recorded one rebound and one block in 16 minutes Wednesday against Dallas.
The fourth-year center, who produced a meager stat-line over his 16 minutes of run, had played just 20 minutes in the eight games prior to Wednesday, including five DNP-CD's. It's still unknown what effect Cody Zeller's (hand) absence will have on Kaminsky's playing time, but at this point he appears to be on the fringes of the rotation and can't be considered a fantasy option in all but the deepest formats.
Kaminsky collected 19 points (7-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in 25 minutes during Sunday's 119-109 loss to the Pelicans.
Kaminsky made the most of injuries to Cody Zeller (ribs) and Marvin Williams (shoulder). The former missed the contest after being listed as probable while the latter exited in the second quarter. Kaminsky has reached double figures in scoring in three of the last six games (including a season high in this one) while earning double-digit minutes in six of the last seven tilts, this after appearing in five of the first 16 games while averaging 5.4 minutes.
Kaminsky finished with five points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in five minutes during Tuesday's 113-89 loss to the Cavaliers.
Kaminsky managed season highs in scoring and rebounding, though of course that speaks to how far he has fallen on the team's depth chart down low. The five games Kaminsky has appeared in thus far have all been massive blowouts, and having earned just 27 minutes on the year, he can be left on waiver wires.
Kaminksy is inactive for Sunday's contest against Detroit, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
It's not exactly clear as to why Kaminsky is inactive for the game against Detroit on Sunday but nevertheless, the Wisconsin product will be absent. Kaminsky is so far averaging 5.5 minutes per game this season.
Kaminsky did not play in Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.
Kaminsky averaged 23.2 minutes and appeared in 79 games a season ago, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him glued to the bench for the entirety of what was a close game. The Hornets started Cody Zeller (21 minutes) at center and went with Willy Hernangomez (12) as the backup, but they spent much of the game going small with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Marvin Williams serving as the nominal five. While Kaminsky also has experience playing power forward in the past, new coach James Borrego made it clear he views Kaminsky as a center, so for now he looks to be on the outside of the rotation looking in.
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