Former Lottery Pick, 8-Year Veteran May Be Headed to Europe

He was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but now, after a frustrating season that saw him get very little floor time, 30-year-old seven-footer Frank Kaminsky just might be forced to take his talents to Europe. 

According to a report, Kaminsky still would like to exhaust all avenues in the NBA before heading overseas, but he has a couple of serious suitors on the other side of the pond.

Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel has interest in the big man, as does Serbian side KK Partizan. 

After a stellar career at Wisconsin that saw the school raise his jersey to the rafters (only the 3rd in Badger history), Kaminsky was selected by Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets with their lottery pick in 2015, 9th overall. 

He played four seasons there, averaging 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds before heading to the Phoenix Suns for three seasons. Coming off of 2021 knee surgery, he split 2022-23 between the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets, averaging just 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per night in 36 games. He can space the floor a bit, with a 35% lifetime mark from beyond the arc. 

As Kaminsky still has a desire to find himself an NBA job, the European teams will be on hold for a few more weeks. 

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