Kai Jones requests trade

Kai Jones in action for the Charlotte Hornets. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Kai Jones in action for the Charlotte Hornets. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

As of Wednesday, October 11, 2023


#Tribune Sports Reporter


#National Basketball Association (NBA) professional player Kai Jones requested a trade from the Charlotte Hornets via the X social media platform on Monday night.

#The decision came following the Hornets’ announcement two weeks ago that the forward/center would not be joining them at this year’s training camp and will be away from the team due to personal reasons.

#However, Jones’ latest social media post might cost him up to $150,000 in fines or a possible suspension as it violates Section 18 of the National Basketball Players Association’s (NBPA) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

#The former 2021 first round pick made his displeasure with the Hornets known on Monday night.

#“I have officially requested to be traded from the Charlotte Hornets. #GOATLIFE” he posted.

#The 6-foot-11 player has recently made some questionable posts on social media, including openly criticising his teammates and exhibiting erratic behaviour on Instagram Live in the NBA’s offseason.

#However, his latest post on X might be his costliest of them all.

#Section 18 of the NBPA CBA states that any player or, for clarity, any player representative or person acting with authority on behalf of a player who publicly expresses a desire to be traded to another team shall be subject to a fine and/or a suspension.

#As previously mentioned, the fine levied if in violation of this rule is $150,000.

#In response to Jones’ offseason antics on social media and absence from training camp, the Hornets released a statement which said there is not a set timetable for the Bahamian big man’s return.

#“Kai Jones will not participate in training camp due to personal reasons. There is currently not a timetable for his return to the team.

#“Out of respect for the personal nature of the situation, the Hornets will not have any additional public comment regarding the matter at this time,” the statement read.

#The team ultimately declined not to comment on this most recent matter.

#In 67 career games, the 19th overall pick of the 2021 draft averaged 2.7 points per game along with two boards for the Hornets.

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