New York Knicks trade rumors confirm acquisition of Kyle O’Quinn from the Orlando Magic. This Knicks trade gets the team another big man to play the low post, and he will come at a low cost to the front office. A report from CBS Sports on Saturday, July 4, reveals that this is a sign-and-trade deal between the Knicks and Magic.
As part of this deal, the Knicks will send the Magic cash and the right to swap a future second-round pick. O’Quinn comes with a four-year, $16 million deal that should be very affordable for the Knicks. For Orlando, this was simply a case of not needing to re-sign O’Quinn, making him very expendable. As the Knicks try to put together a deeper roster for the 2015-16 NBA season, O’Quinn could be quite valuable.
Kyle O’Quinn (six-foot, 10-inches, 240 pounds) has played his first three NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic. He likely welcomed these New York Knicks trade rumors, as he could wind up playing way more than the 15 minutes a night he did in Orlando. Over that time, he averaged 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and about a block per game. Those numbers are sure to go up as he becomes an important part of the second-unit in New York.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the New York Knicks have agreed to offseason contracts with Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, and Derrick Williams so far. Getting Kyle O’Quinn helps add additional size to the bench and could make this team really well-rounded when it comes to the second unit. It’s possible that O’Quinn could see some time at center coming off the bench, especially as the Knicks try to continue developing draft pick Kristaps Porzingis at the power forward position. That should also take some pressure off Porzingis.
Knicks president Phil Jackson had a lot of work to do with the Knicks’ roster during the NBA offseason, but he might have surrounded Carmelo Anthony with enough talent to get back into the postseason. That’s the ultimate goal, because anything can happen in a playoff series where one team has a guy like Anthony that can simply take over games. Though previous New York Knicks rumors included names like LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan (players that opted to go to teams closer to the postseason), the team wound up with quite a few really good role players instead. Now can Anthony lead them deep into the Eastern Conference Playoffs?
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