Keith Pompey: #Sixers announce that they have signed Kyle O’Quinn.
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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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Barry Jackson: Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.
For now, Oklahoma City doesn’t feel a need to surrender draft compensation to unload Paul’s contract, sources said. The Thunder want to be competitive and believe that Paul can serve as a mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander, a second-year guard who’s considered the franchise’s future playmaker.
But I stand by my initial forecast: It may not happen until after next season, but Russell will eventually be dealt by the Warriors once Klay Thompson has recovered from a torn anterior crucial ligament in his left knee — thereby pushing Russell down to third on Golden State’s backcourt depth chart.
Has your play in the BIG3 built any momentum toward an NBA return? Is getting back to the NBA even a goal of yours? Joe Johnson: Yes, I’d love to get back and play in the NBA. It’s not my ultimate goal, it wasn’t my goal getting into the BIG3. But if the opportunity presents itself, I would take upon the challenge. I would love to. But, I got a job to do, and my agent has a job to do. I’m not sure about the momentum or how it’s going, but I just focus on what I can do and what I can control.
Can you clarify for me why there aren’t any tampering charges toward Kawhi or the team he signed with? — @Jay_Since82 from Twitter League officials generally won’t open a tampering investigation until there is formal complaint by at least one team — accompanied by some worthy evidence. The Toronto Raptors have not taken such a step. Nor is there any indication that an official complaint is looming from one of the league’s other 28 teams that did not land Kawhi Leonard. It would be a significant step for the Raptors or any other aggrieved team to push for an actual probe.