The Boston Celtics can explore adding ex-National college player of the year Frank Kaminsky, a long-time target of the franchise, in the later portion of training camp according to NESN’s Keagan Stiefel.
“Frank Kaminsky might not necessarily be a sexy name (in more ways than one), but he feels like the kind of guy who could be added at some point over the later portion of training camp,” Stiefel prefaced before saying, “The 30-year-old shot 39.4% from three-point range in 2023, and at 7-feet tall he can guard the forward and center positions. Like we said, no one is going to jump for joy if this is the signing, but he’s more than capable of filling in minutes.” Per Encestando’s Moshe Barda, Kaminsky has overseas interest.
“Maccabi Tel Aviv, in fact, appears to be interested in bringing to Europe the 8-year NBA player Frank Kaminsky, who has never played overseas before,” Barda prefaced before saying, “The 30-year-old center with Polish and Serbian ancestry started the 2022-23 season with the Hawks, being traded to the Houston Rockets as part of the deal that sent Bruno Fernando and Garrison Mathews to Atlanta.”
Luke Kornet could provide stability in the Boston Celtics’ frontcourt
Luke Kornet has stuck for several seasons now on the Boston Celtics, making him one of the most reliable options in the frontcourt from a durability standpoint. The presence of the Vanderbilt product could make Kaminsky a redundant signing, and it could buoy the big-man rotation if Kristaps Porzingis’ Plantar fasciitis keeps him out for an extended period of time.
Alternatively, Blake Griffin could be a familiar face worth reuniting with. Stiefel listed both the 34-year-old six-time All-Star and Dallas Mavericks free agent big man Christian Wood as his other options.
Kornet won’t have his contract guaranteed until January 10, 2024, so if the Celtics were to pursue any of the aforementioned free-agent targets, Brad Stevens and Co. could cut bait with the 28-year-old at a minimal financial penalty.