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.