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Hornets stand pat at trade deadline; may buy out Frank Kaminsky

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The Hornets ultimately didn’t make a trade by Thursday’s deadline, but there still may be transactions on the horizon.

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The Charlotte Hornets didn’t make any trades today. There were reports that a deal to bring Marc Gasol to Charlotte was very close to happening, but hangups on some of the deal’s finer details caused it to fall through. Ultimately Gasol was sent to the Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, and C.J. Miles.

Frank Kaminsky’s name floated around as a potential mover on deadline day, but no such deal occurred. However, that doesn’t mean the fourth year pro’s roster spot is safe.

I don’t know if Kaminsky’s buyout candidacy comes from that source’s information or if it’s speculation from Deveney based on the Hornets attempts to offload the former Badger.

Kaminsky has struggled to crack the Hornets rotation, even in garbage time and even while starting center Cody Zeller was out with injury. He’s appeared in just 24 games this season and has only topped 20 minutes in three of those contests. He’s clearly not in the team’s long term plans, so it would come as no surprise to see him let go in the coming days.

With the trade deadline having come and gone, the Hornets will have to turn to free agency to bolster the roster. Guys like Robin Lopez, Enes Kanter, and Wayne Ellington will be on the market after being bought out by their respective teams.

The Hornets already have one open roster spot. They’ll almost certainly want a full roster while making a run at the postseason, so I’m sure we’ll see at least one signing between now and the end of the season.