Rockets, Frank Kaminsky nearing NBA’s March 1 buyout deadline
When the Houston Rockets acquired veteran center Frank Kaminsky as part of a sequence of moves at the February trade deadline, his situation with the team was best described as “fluid.”
“Some teams have expressed interest in signing the eighth-year center should he receive a buyout from Houston, but the Rockets value him — both the coaching staff and the front office,” Kelly Iko of The Athletic reported on Feb. 14.
Now, the clock is ticking on a potential resolution, since the deadline for players to receive buyouts while retaining playoff eligibility after signing with a new team is Wednesday, March 1.
That date serves as an unofficial deadline for rebuilding teams like the Rockets to make decisions on the status of their veterans. After all, there isn’t much of a reason for a potential playoff team to sign a player that it wouldn’t be able to use in the playoffs, and there also wouldn’t seem to be much rationale to Kaminsky switching teams just to go to another non-playoff situation.
Thus, if Kaminsky isn’t released by the end of business hours on Wednesday, expect him to finish the season with the Rockets.
Over eight NBA seasons, Kaminsky has averaged 8.9 points (43.1% FG, 34.9% on 3-pointers) and 3.9 rebounds in 20.0 minutes.
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