The Sacramento Kings have completed their roster cutdowns Saturday afternoon and the team now has their 17-man squad identified. This includes two 2-way players.
On Saturday afternoon, a visibly uncomfortable head coach Luke Walton announced that center Frank Kaminsky had been waived by the team.
“We let Frank go today and he did everything we asked him to do. He is an NBA player, a really good player, a really good teammate “, said Walton. “But we had one spot left and I think Glenn (Robinson III) did a really good job on earning that spot.”
In four preseason appearances, Kaminsky averaged 5.3 points and a stretch 5 option that the team was hoping to utilize alongside Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley who both have not yet established their outside games. However, the emergence of Hassan Whiteside and his dominant interior defense was too much to pass up and the Kings could not carry so many bigs going into the season.
Small forward Vince Edwards was released on Friday as the other necessary cut. He never appeared in any preseason games and was a longshot to make the squad after spending the last two years in the G-League. He may still be considered for the Stockton Kings roster if the league’s season is not cancelled due to Covid-19 logistics.
Guard Kyle Guy still holds one of the 2-way spots, but it is unclear who of the remaining 16 will get the other one. Third year bigman Chimezie Metu and rookie Jahmi’us Ramsey are the most likely candidates.
The NBA did announce that 2-way players may remain and practice with the parent squad throughout the 2020-21 season but can only participate in a limited number of actual games. With the likelihood of more players missing time due to Covid-19 protocol, this can only help the squad stay more ready for anything that this weird season may throw at them.
While the initial roster cuts are complete from the coaching perspective, Walton stated that general manager Monte McNair was not necessarily done as the front office could still make another big, or small move duriing the year. We'll just have to wait and see.
But fear not, there is a happy ending for Frank...