The Knicks have acquired big man Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic.
The 6’10 O’Quinn spends most of his time at the Power Forward position but can also play Center when needed. The 25 year-old Queens native will receive $16 Million over 4 years, with a player option in the fourth year. The Knicks will send the magic cash, as well as the option to swap second-round picks with the Knicks in 2019.
O’Quinn is a very solid rebounder and a pretty good defender who can block some shots. He is a strong finisher around the rim and a fairly viable scoring option once he is within 10 feet. He is a classic “hustle guy” who will create plays with his energy, and is a nice passer for a big man. O’Quinn averaged 6 points, 4 rebounds, a block and an assist in 16 minutes of play for Orlando. His career per-36 totals are 13 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2 blocks.
This is a great contract for the Knicks, as they will pay O’Quinn very little and have him for a few years if he blossoms. It is exactly the kind of deal they should have tried to set up when they signed Derrick Williams.
O’Quinn won’t be a stud for the Knicks, but he could be a very solid role player, and will certainly help out on the glass. NBA executives are saying that the Knicks made a good move, and I agree.
The Knicks are apparently out of cap space after this signing, although they still have the $2.8 Million “Room Exception” to spend before they fill out the roster with minimum salary players.