This is a quality pickup by the Knicks.
Yes, the Knicks just signed Robin Lopez, but they need depth behind him.
Kyle O’Quinn is a smart player with the potential to be a good rotation big. He is physical, likes to bang, but also can knock down midrange shots, operates well setting picks or from the high post. His game seemed to plateau a little last season, but he’s a smart free agent gamble.
And he will be a New York Knick through a sign-and-trade with Orlando, something first reported by Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
After agreeing to a four-year, $16 million deal, the New York Knicks have acquired free-agent forward Kyle O’Quinn in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Magic will receive cash considerations and the right to swap second-round draft picks with the Knicks in 2019, sources said.
That is a good price for a quality backup center — especially one who should fit with the triangle. The fourth year of the deal is a player option. The deal can’t be completed until the moratorium on signings comes on July 9.
Phil Jackson gets a gold star for this move.
Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:
The Magic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with guard C.J. Watson, a source told Yahoo.
Orlando has nice young point guard talent in Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, and Watson’s veteran presence can potentially help them along.
Watson will be playing for his fifth team as he enters his ninth NBA season, but has earned positive reviews and a solid reputation everywhere he’s been.
Watson averaged 10 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.9 minutes per contest with the Pacers last season, while knocking down 40 percent of his shots from three-point distance.
Tobias Harris was a restricted free agent that a lot of teams with young talent looking to improve — read: Lakers — were going to chase come July 9.
The key word there is “were.”
Harris has reached a deal to stay with another up-and-coming team in Orlando. Shams Charnia of Real GM was the first report this.
This is a bit of a surprise for one reason: The Magic hired Scott Skiles as coach. Skiles had coached Harris in Milwaukee and buried him on the bench, not really giving him much run. It wasn’t until Harris was traded out from under Skiles thumb and he was in Orlando that he blossomed.
This is a good signing for the Magic, keeping a quality young forward in house, and doing so on a deal that will look like a steal as the salary cap spikes.