Storyline: Kyle O'Quinn Free Agency

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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.
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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.

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.”
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