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Kai Jones Requests Trade On Social Media

Hornets Kai Jones requests trade on social media while away from team, could be subject to fine or suspension. The Hornets announced last month that Jones will be away from the team indefinitely.

Charlotte Hornets big man Kai Jones, who is currently away from the team, took to social media on Monday afternoon to issue a public trade request in his latest social media incident this offseason. “I have officially requested to be traded from the Charlotte Hornets. #GOATLIFE,” Jones wrote.

The Hornets announced on Sept. 30 that Jones would not report to training camp for “personal reasons” and would remain away from the team indefinitely. Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reported on Sept. 26 that the team “seem concerned” about Jones, who has displayed erratic behaviour on social media in recent weeks.

Among other incidents, Jones has been critical of teammates, including fellow big men Mark Williams and Nick Richards, and said he was better than LaMelo Ball and No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller.

Reached by the Observer on Monday, the Hornets declined to comment.

Jones could be subject to a fine or suspension for publicly requesting a trade, based on the current collective bargaining agreement, which states, “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. The maximum fine that may be imposed by the NBA on a player pursuant to the foregoing shall be $150,000.”

Kai Jones apparently wants out of Charlotte.

Jones, the Hornets’ 19th overall pick out of Texas in 2021, announced on X, formerly known Twitter, that he has officially requested a trade from the organizations.

The Hornets have declined to comment on the matter.

Kai Jones Requests Trade On Social Media

The Hornets announced last week that the 6-foot-11 forward/center would not join the team for training camp following some bizarre behaviour on social media, including a mostly indecipherable video on Instagram Live and other criticism of teammates on X.

“Kai Jones will not participate in training camp due to personal reasons,” the Hornets’ statement read. “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.”

Jones has averaged 2.7 points and two rebounds in 67 career games with Charlotte.

Jones can make this demand, but it’s next to impossible to see a team stepping up to make a deal considering Jones’ concerning offseason social media posts and the fact he has not established himself as an NBA rotation player (he is third on the Hornets depth chart).

It is more likely the Hornets will not pick up Jones’ $4.7 million option for next season, waive him (he is owed $3 million this season), and make him a free agent. If Jones were a free agent, it is hard to imagine another team taking a chance and signing him at this time. Jones averaged seven points and two rebounds averaging less than 10 minutes a game for the Hornets last season.

Jones made a series of bizarre social media posts this summer, some calling out teammates. One was a series of posts on X (formerly Twitter) where Jones suggested he was a better player than Charlotte star LaMelo Ball or No. 2 pick Brandon Miller, and said he could beat LeBron James one-on-one. Jones then criticized teammate Mark Williams, the Hornets center who starts ahead of him.

All of this led all his teammates to unfollow him on social media. Jones’ saga will continue. Let’s hope he is okay and, if he needs it, getting help.

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