Before the draft, there were rumors that Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets’ front office really liked Frank Kaminsky. Sure enough, the Hornets took Kaminsky at No. 9 on Thursday night, a pick that’s been met with mixed reviews. But now that the draft is over, we know just how much the Hornets love Frank Kaminsky.
The Boston Celtics were aggressively trying to move up in the draft, and the Celtics engaged the Hornets about the No. 9 pick so Boston could take Justise Winslow, who went 10th to the Miami Heat. According to Jay King of MassLive.com, Danny Ainge put a “major offer loaded with draft picks” on the table in order to move up to No.9, but Charlotte loved Kaminsky so much there was no deal. ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg had more specifics:
According to sources, the Celtics’ final offer to the Hornets was a package featuring as many as six draft picks, including four potential first-round selections (a combination of picks from this draft and in the future). But the Hornets could not be swayed and turned down multiple offers to select Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky.
Ainge even admitted afterward that he was “offering too much” and that it was probably a good thing in hindsight that there was no deal because there was so much on the table.
So there you have it. The Hornets turned down a huge offer with a truckload of quality draft assets because they really love Frank Kaminsky. All I have to say is that Frank the Tank better be really freaking good.