Rod Boone of The Athletic reported today that the Charlotte Hornets will not extend a qualifying offer to center/power forward Frank Kaminsky.
Per a league source, #Hornets don't plan on extending a qualifying offer to Frank Kaminsky, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. Hornets don't have much cap space and currently have a logjam on their frontline after last week's draft.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) June 27, 2019
Had the Hornets tendered Kaminsky his qualifying offer, they’d have the right to match any contract the four-year veteran signed with another team. By not doing so, Kaminsky will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on July 1st. The Hornets will still have his Bird rights and thus can go over the cap to re-sign him, but they’ll likely renounce those to get his cap hold off the books pretty quickly.
This marks the unofficial end of the Frank Kaminsky era in Charlotte. After drafting PJ Washington with Marvin, Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, and Willy Hernangomez still under contract, there just isn’t any space on the roster forthe former Wisconsin Badger. Some other team will get to experience his poor starts to the season before he catches fire after the All Star break.