Kyle O'Quinn Rumors

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Kyle O'Quinn
Kyle O'Quinn
Position: F-C
Born: 03/26/90
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $2,174,318
The Knicks have moved on with Noah Vonleh becoming a reliable defensive big man, but coach David Fizdale wanted center Kyle O’Quinn back as “a mentor.’’ Part of O’Quinn wanted to be back, too. In July, O’Quinn, a Queens product, left the Knicks to sign a one-year, $4.45 million deal with the Pacers after opting out of his contract. It wasn’t an easy choice. “You talk to your agent, talk to people who help you, but you have to make it,’’ O’Quinn said before the Knicks’ 107-101 loss to the Pacers. “It’s the biggest decision I’ve ever made as far as making a choice in my career. I slept on it, prayed on it. I made the decision and I’m sticking with it. It’s no secret I would’ve loved to play for Fizdale or be here. It’s tougher than telling a girl you’re moving on.’’
Alex Kennedy: Unsigned FAs: Clint Capela (R), Jabari Parker (R), Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Smart (R), Zach LaVine (R), Jusuf Nurkic (R), D-Wade, Brook Lopez, Wayne Ellington, Luc Mbah a Moute, Mike Beasley, Tony Parker, Kyle O’Quinn, Trevor Booker, Jamal Crawford, Shane Larkin, etc.
Michael Scotto: I asked Kyle O’Quinn if NY hiring David Fizdale will affect his player option. He said, “It doesn’t affect me at all. Me wanting to play here, people know I want to play here. No matter who they brought in I trust the front office to bring in the right guy for the team.” #Knicks
Storyline: Kyle O'Quinn Free Agency
As for the Knicks’ next coach, O’Quinn said he is taking a wait-and-see approach and doesn’t get too caught up in the names he’s hearing. “Rumors have some truth to them, so you listen to them just like anybody else,” O’Quinn said. “But, rumors really don’t materialize until the gavel hits the desk. Until it happens, that’s when I’ll really believe. I don’t live with the rumors.”
Storyline: Knicks Coaching Job
Kyle O’Quinn said he hasn’t made up his mind about the opt-out clause in his contract with the Knicks and instead has focused on taking care of another important decision. O’Quinn said he has hired a new agent after his name was among more than 25 players who appeared in a February Yahoo! Sports report that said he took loans from former NBA agent Andy Miller and ASM Sports agency while in college at Norfolk State. O’Quinn denied the report at the time and has switched to Priority Sports agency. His next decision is whether to activate the $4.26-million player option with the Knicks this summer.
Ian Begley: Here’s Enes Kanter talking about potentially opting out of his $18.6 million player option to seek a longer-term deal with NYK. FWIW: IF Kanter opts out (which I have my doubts about) & Kyle O’Quinn opts out, NYK could have roughly $18 million in cap space, per @Bobby Marks:

The market for O’Quinn is unclear, but backup centers such as the Chicago Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio (four years, $32 million) and Milwaukee Bucks’ John Henson (four years, $48 million) may provide framework for O’Quinn’s market this summer. New York can exceed the salary cap to re-sign O’Quinn, which is something that, based on coaches and executives’ opinions of him, will be considered in July. Knicks coaches have been impressed by O’Quinn’s consistency this season and his ability to find cutters and shooters as a passer.
2 years ago via ESPN