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Former Badgers Star Frank Kaminsky Moved – NBA Trade Deadline



Frank Kaminsky

The NBA trade deadline was incredibly eventful. Among the players on the move was former Badgers great Frank Kaminsky. The Wisconsin basketball star was one of four players moved as part of the deal.

Frank Kaminsky traded to Houston Rockets

Frank the Tank was traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Houston Rockets. The Hawks also sent small forward Justin Holiday to the Rockets in exchange for Garrison Mathews and Bruno Fernando.

Kaminsky has struggled to crack into Atlanta’s rotation this season. The eight-year NBA veteran has appeared in 26 of the Hawks’ 55 games this season. He is averaging 2.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 6.8 minutes. Many of his minutes have come in garbage time.

Kaminsky joins the last-place Houston Rockets

Frank Kaminsky moves from an Eastern Conference playoff contender to a team in the midst of a rebuild. The Hawks currently sit in eighth place in the East with a record of 27-28. The Rockets have the worst record in the NBA at 13-42. Houston is in contention with the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, and San Antonio Spurs for the best odds in the NBA Draft Lottery.

Kaminsky played at UW from 2011-2015. In 2015, Wisconsin won its first Big Ten regular season and tournament championships since 2008. Kaminsky played an integral role in helping the Badgers reach the back-to-back Final Fours in 2014 and 2015. The Illinois native was the consensus National Player of the Year in 2015. He recorded program-record highs in field goals made (16) and points (43) in a victory over North Dakota in 2013.

Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker

Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky hugs teammate Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser after a 68-63 loss to Duke during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Monday, April 6, 2015.
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