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George Zakkas: Kyle O’Quinn is expected to stay in Europe, as he has agreed to terms with Paris Basketball, according to @SdnaGr sources.
Fenerbahce Beko announced that the club parted ways with six players. Center Kyle O’Quinn, guard Lorenzo Brown, guard Kenan Sipahi, guard Alex Perez, big man Johnny Hamilton and forward Berkay Candan are no longer members of Fenerbahce. Their contracts were either ending or included a club option for 2021-22 that Fenerbahce didn’t exercise.
Fenerbahce and Kyle O’Quinn have a done deal for the remainder of the season according to Eurohoops sources, and their agreement is set to be announced later on Wednesday.
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: #Sixers announce that they have signed Kyle O’Quinn.
Kyle Neubeck: The Sixers are signing Kyle O’Quinn, I’m told.
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.
Mark Montieth: Kyle O’Quinn officially a Pacer.
Kyle O’Quinn: NYTFEKOWALYG @New York Knicks 👍🏾💯
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.
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What’s the message the veterans are giving you about the last two years? Rick Carlisle: They were disappointed with how things have gone. We’ve got to work at developing a style of play so we can maximize what we have here. Exactly what that means as far as number of wins or the playoffs, I don’t know. I’m reluctant to get into that kind of stuff, because sometimes you can set goals that are too low.
How have you evolved as a coach since you were here before? Rick Carlisle: Going from Detroit to here, they were different types of teams, and going to Dallas—the Dallas team was way different than any team I had coached before. It was much more of an outside-shooting team … so it was an amazing experience and education how to work with that kind of group. And then the game has changed an awful lot in the last 13 years, particularly in the last five. Because of the pace, the skill level, the 3-point shot, everything. In two years there, we set offensive records on points per possessions, and then this last year Brooklyn beat both. These records are going to keep falling because of the skill level.
How has the talent level progressed in the NBA? Rick Carlisle: The game has evolved to where the skill of shooting is so decisively important. If you can’t shoot, it’s very hard to be a high-level player in today’s game. The next phase of NBA basketball is going to be the centers shooting 3’s and driving the ball and making plays. Guys like [Kristaps] Porzingis are already doing it. Guys like Anthony Davis are already doing it. We’ve got [Domantas] Sabonis, who is a playmaking big, who’s working on his long-range shooting. That opens up so many possibilities for any player in this league.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Kevin Pangos, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today.
Mirjam Swanson: Steve Ballmer says that of the $100 million community fund that’s part of the Clippers’ arena project, $80 million will go to affordable housing, with “a good $75 million going to a nonprofit loan fund that will help buy and preserve and develop affordable housing in the area.”
Portland Trail Blazers guard, and hip hop artist, Damian Lillard, who performs as Dame D.O.L.L.A. released the new music video for his song “Him Duncan” on Friday. The title of this song is a play on NBA legend Tim Duncan’s name but isn’t the only reference he uses. In the video, Lillard pays homage to various celebrities both in sports and pop culture.
He shows love to the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur first, creating a black and white version of Shakur’s 1996 album “All Eyez on Me.” He also gave a nod to Biggie Smalls, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. Lillard recreated Smalls’ iconic “King of New York” image by Barron Claiborne in the video. Lillard then pays tribute to track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who wore black gloves and raised their fists on the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympics to protest racial inequities in the United States.