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.
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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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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.
Given the Cavs only have two games remaining — Monday in Houston and Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers — before a needed nine-day break, sources said the team doesn’t see the upside in pushing it. They want to use the extra days to get his calf better, so he can be 100 percent for the Second Half.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing. Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4. It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
A Knicks official said Rivers was at the Garden, but in the back getting treatment for a sore ankle. Rivers was not listed on the pregame injury report submitted to the NBA. On the box score, Rivers was listed with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. Earlier this week, Rivers said of his situation: “I can’t control if I’m traded today, tomorrow or the next day. What I can control is how I am as a player.’’
His father, Mychal Thompson, believes Klay’s basketball lifespan could run until he’s 40 years old. “I said, if you really want to, you can play till you’re 40 years of age, but the key to that is you have to take care of your body, as you go into your 30s,” Mychal said, recounting to NBC Sports Bay Area a conversation he had with Klay.
That doesn’t mean he’s a finished product. There’s a reason the Raptors signed him with G League intentions and not for the NBA roster. The 10-day contract (about $82,000) affords them six games to see how he can fit and progress in their environment. It’s an audition by another name, and not the first time the Raptors have used a 10-day to get a 905 look at a prospect. “This gives us a chance to get Donta down in our system, teach him our ins and outs and the way we operate our offence, our defence, our schemes, and see how he looks running those,” general manager Chad Sanders said. “With Tampa just down the street, it’s a chance for us to get him out there and get some reps and get a chance to evaluate him for the big club.”
Callie Caplan: Luka, on ABC, asked about recent comparisons to Larry Bird’s game: “More, more games to go. A long time before you can compare me to Larry Bird. I just want to keep hooping, have fun playing basketball.”