Trade/Buyout Rumors: Kaminsky, Vonleh, Kanter, More

The Hornets are still “pushing hard” for a taker for Frank Kaminsky and there are indications that teams are interested, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. The fourth-year center will be a restricted free agent this summer and doesn’t appear to be in Charlotte’s long-range plans.

The ninth selection in the 2015 draft, Kaminsky has only appeared in 24 games under new coach James Borrego and is averaging 5.5/2.5/1.1 in about 11 minutes per night. He has fallen completely out of the rotation over the past two months, playing just 41 minutes in Charlotte’s last 23 games.

There’s more to pass along as the deadline gets closer:

  • The Nuggets have expressed interest in acquiring Noah Vonleh from the Knicks, tweets Ian Begley of ESPN. Vonleh has been productive in New York since signing a minimum contract, averaging 8.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per night, mostly as a starter. He will be a free agent this summer. Denver has a pair of trade exceptions that Vonleh would fit into and is about $7MM under the luxury tax.
  • While Enes Kanter probably won’t be traded today, he’s expected to reach the buyout market, and rival executives believe the Celtics will be among the teams with interest in him, sources tell Begley (Twitter link).
  • Elsewhere on the buyout market front, Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link) adds the Pacers to the list of clubs that will have interest in Wesley Matthews if and when he’s bought out.
  • The Rockets, another team with potential interest in Matthews, still intend to be active on the buyout market after sneaking under the luxury tax threshold today, a source tells Tim MacMahon of (Twitter link).

Arthur Hill contributed to this post.

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13 thoughts on “Trade/Buyout Rumors: Kaminsky, Vonleh, Kanter, More

    • Black Ace57

      This is why MJ needs to step back, hire good FO guys, and let them build this franchise up. Until then, they will never be good/great.

      • Agreed. He just needs to accept the fact that he can’t draft. Some of the biggest busts in NBA history have come under his watch (Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison).

    • Illusory. It was #16 and #27/28, plus Minn’s lottery protected pick which was set to convert to two 2nd’s the next year, and the Clips lottery protected remote pick (which converts after 2 years). Whoever they ended up drafting is a different issue. That wasn’t a great package for #9 in a draft with a clear break after 13.

      • mcmillankmm

        Easy to say that now, but to me that package still sounds better than drafting Frank

        • OK. but that’s because of who they drafted, not who they could have drafted (Turner or Booker) at #9, but not at #16. The Celts offered that same package to every team ahead of #10 (Winslow); nobody wanted it.

  1. Redmobb7

    Trade Andrew Wiggins to Charlotte

    Wolves receive: kidd gilchrist, Jeremy lamb, Kandinsky & a draft pick

    Hornets receive: Wiggins

  2. Vonleh’s training camp contract was never redone, so the Knicks can only sign him with cap space or the room exception next year. Same thing if he’s traded now or not.

    It would be nice to get something for the investment of PT that the Knicks made in him, but realistically what is Denver going to offer? Their 2nd’s don’t have much value, and this year’s 1st belongs to the Nets. I’d pass.

  3. njbirdsfan

    OMG no way that a skinny guy who dominated college would have issues in the NBA. It’s like these teams never learn.

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