BSO- The Celtics offered four first-round picks for the chance to move up from no. 16 to no. 9: that 16th pick, no. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Grizzlies or Timberwolves, per sources familiar with the talks.
Some members of Charlotte’s front office liked the Boston deal, but Michael Jordan, the team’s owner and ultimate decision-maker, preferred Kaminsky to a pile of first-rounders outside the lottery, per several sources.
Here's the thing, it's easy for us to sit here and criticize Michael Jordan. It's easy to say he has no idea what he is doing as General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets. It's easy to say he made a far better player than an executive. Well, before we go too far chastising 'Sir Airness', let us not forget this quote...
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -Michael Jordan
Sure, the last time MJ spent an extremely high draft pick on a white, athletically limited, four year college player it turned down out comically bad (shoutout to Adam Morrison, two time NBA champion, 0 time contributor). Yeah, a blind crossing guard would have done a better job of directing his franchise in the right direction up until this point. However, you've got to fail in historic fashion before you can succeed. One day he's going to draft a white player in the first round that is worth what he cost. Now, it's probably not going to be Frank Kaminsky, because let's be honest, there probably isn't a white player on the planet Earth (assuming Larry Bird was just an albino African American) that is worth four first round picks. Cut him some slack. You never learn anything if you are right all the time. Why do you think I'm such an idiot? Never been wrong in my life. It's the same reason why I am not the greatest basketball player to ever walk the Earth, and the same reason why I would have accepted that trade and taken the four first round picks. I don't know the sacrifice that it takes to win an NBA championship. Michael Jordan does, and that's why he is turning down completely lopsided trades in his favor. So one day he can rise to the top of the mountain as the best basketball mind in the game. He's only like 8,845 missed "shots" away from another dynasty.
....Or he's just an drunk, gambling addict that bet against himself making that trade when it was on the table. Have to imagine the odds were pretty high. Got to trust your gut and take the long shot.