With front court depth a stark challenge during the preseason, the Suns made a move Monday night to address it, reportedly claiming Frank Kaminsky off waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Suns had one open roster spot heading into the season, and rather than keeping it that way to nab buyout players later on in the year, Phoenix took the opportunity to grab Kaminsky, who had signed a training camp deal with Sacramento last month.
Kaminsky averaged 7.6 minutes per game in the preseason for the Kings, scoring 5.3 points a night and grabbing three rebounds.
Even without Kaminsky around during the preseason, Suns head coach Monty Williams had frequently pointed out how Kaminsky acted as one of the “connectors” for the offense because of his understanding of the team’s 0.5 system and his ability to shoot, pass and handle the ball. The big man should find comfort in the Suns’ system.
Rather than fill the roster right away, the Suns went into training camp with Jonathan Motley on an Exhibit 10 contract and rookie Ty-Shon Alexander on a two-way deal. They cut Motley yesterday and will seemingly keep Alexander on his two-way to start the season. Kaminsky will fill the final roster spot.
This also means the Suns will likely not use their bi-annual exception this season, leaving the $3.6 million contract slot open for the 2021 offseason.
After a poor preseason for Jones and the predictable rigors of Jalen Smith’s rookie season, Kaminsky may see the floor as early as Wednesday, when the Suns debut against Dallas.