Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced Wednesday that the team has waived forward/center Kai Jones following his public trade request on social media.

This coming just three days after the center/forward announced on social media that he had requested to be traded.
Jones has been away from the team since September 30th, 2023 for personal reasons.

According to, Jones was not with the Hornets for training camp, with the team citing “personal reasons” in a statement.

The decision came after Jones displayed some bizarre behavior on social media over the last few months, which included criticism of his teammates.

The 19th overall pick in 2021 out of Texas, Jones appeared in 67 games in two seasons with the Hornets, averaging 2.7 points in 9.1 minutes per game.


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