Donatas Urbonas: Eight-year NBA veteran Kyle O’Quinn is in advanced talks with Fenerbahce Istanbul, few sources confirmed.
Keith Pompey: I’m hearing #Sixers center Kyle O’Quinn wanted to be a waived today. However, that’s not going to happen at this time. If O’Quinn is waived before March 1, he is eligible to be picked up by another playoff team.
Keith Pompey: Source confirms that #Sixers will sign Kyle O’Quinn to 1-year, veteran minimum deal. @Kyle Neubeck was the first to report this news.
Priority Sports: So happy for our guy @Kyle_OQuinn and his new contract with the @Pacers! Congrats Kyle!
Shams Charania: Free agent Kyle O'Quinn has agreed to a one-year, $4.5M deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources tell Yahoo.
Brad Turner: Clippers coach Doc Rivers and president Lawrence Frank had dinner Tuesday night in LA with Knicks free agent center Kyle O’Quinn, per source. The two sides will continue to talk.
Alex Kennedy: Sources: The Philadelphia 76ers continue to express interest in Kyle O'Quinn. The Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans are also in the mix for the big man.
Ian Begley: Things can change but based on the level of interest shown on the first night of free agency it seems as if Kyle O’Quinn is much more likely to sign with another team than sign with the Knicks, per people familiar with the matter.
Alex Kennedy: The Philadelphia 76ers have expressed significant interest in Kyle O'Quinn, according to league sources.
Adam Lauridsen: The Warriors' front office has expressed interest in O'Quinn before. The market for big men was depressed last off-season. If the trend continues, the Warriors' mid-level might be a competitive offer. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
Adrian Wojnarowski: New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn has declined his $4.2M option for the 2018-19 season to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Kyle O'Quinn declining his $4.25M contract will only impact the Knicks cap space this offseason if Enes Kanter decides to decline his $18.6M option. If Kanter returns, New York will be right at the cap. New York will have the $8.6M non tax midlevel and $3.4M biannual exception.
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
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.
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.
Kyle O’Quinn doesn’t like discussing his future, but the Knicks’ backup center made one thing very clear Thursday. “I would love to be here for the rest of my career if I can,” the Queens native said after practice at UCLA.
O’Quinn has a $4.25-million player option for next season. When that is brought up by a reporter, he quickly dismisses it. But a popular opinion is that O’Quinn, who will turn 28 later this month, will opt out and try to get a more lucrative long-term contract after what has been his most productive and consistent season. He certainly should have options. “I hope this is my best option,” O’Quinn said.
His case could be one in which he gives the Knicks a hometown discount. O’Quinn, who is very close to his mother, has loved playing near his home the past three years after joining the Knicks in a sign-and-trade with Orlando. “Being next to my mom is the best,” O’Quinn said. “Being next to my family, you can’t put no measure on that. The reality is you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t going to be in Orlando my whole career. Anything can happen. We’re open to anything. But [staying close to home], that’s a question you know the answer to.”
The Knicks are under the impression O’Quinn, a Queens product who is on a modest pact considering his improvement this season, will opt out this summer. He is set to make $4.25 million next season in the last year of his four-year pact.
September 18, 2021 | 9:28 pm EDT Update
The Houston Rockets have waived forward Tyler Bey. This waiver was necessary to create the roster spot for Houston to re-sign Dante Exum. The Rockets signed Bey to a fully non-guaranteed training camp contract in late-August.
September 18, 2021 | 5:41 pm EDT Update
You’re here for at least the next five years now that you’ve signed an extension. Do you allow yourself to think – or dream – about what might come over that time span since you’ve talked openly about wanting to win a title in New York? Have you allowed yourself to think about how things might progress? Julius Randle: Obviously, it’s a process. Everything is a process. We’ve been building this from the ground up. But for me, personally, that is the expectation (winning a title in New York). That’s what I want to happen within that time frame. There’s a lot of things, factors that go into that. So obviously you’ve got to weigh that stuff in.
Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.
Did you guys see the video clip of Trae Young at the Garden with WWE? Do you care about that stuff? Julius Randle: Yeah I see it. But honestly, I don’t care. Obviously, that’s (for) entertainment purposes and all that (stuff), so I let people enjoy it. For me, honestly, I don’t care. I honestly didn’t even watch it. Knicks fans, they’re going to make a big deal out of it – they didn’t like it (laughs). But it’s all fun and games and hopefully they enjoyed it.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year ago… it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.