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December 11, 2018

Knicks reserve center Kyle O’Quinn declines player option, will become free agent: source

June 21, 2018

In an expected move, Knicks reserve center Kyle O’Quinn declined his $4.2 million player option and will become a free agent, a source confirmed.




O’Quinn, 28, is still a strong candidate to re-sign with the Knicks after his career season when he averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 boards in 18 minutes. He switched representation recently, dropping Andy Miller – who relinquished his agent certification while being investigated by the FBI – and picking up NBA power agent Mark Bartelstein.

Before settling on Bartelstein, O’Quinn was looking for $30 million on his next deal, according to a source. That was seen as steep for a reserve who doesn’t shoot 3-pointers and hasn’t been on a team that’s lost less than 50 games in a season.

Kyle O’Quinn is set to be a free agent this summer. (Matteo Marchi / Getty Images)

O’Quinn, a Queens native, was acquired in 2015 in a sign-and-trade with Orlando. He represented New York’s best rim protector after Kristaps Porzingis was injured, averaging 1.3 blocks.

The Knicks hold O’Quinn’s Bird Rights so could exceed the salary cap to re-sign him. While O’Quinn had always planned to hit free agency, the larger question lies with Enes Kanter on his $18.6 million player option.

Kanter, who also hired Bartelstein last season, said he was leaning toward opting out. However, league sources believe the center will ultimately pick up the option because he won’t come close to retrieving that salary in free agency.

If Kanter opts in, the Knicks will have very little flexibility for free agency.




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