Grade the deal: Knicks get bargain big man, land Kyle O'Quinn from Magic
O'Quinn's signing will come as part of a sign-and-trade that will send cash and the right to swap second round picks in the 2019 draft to Orlando, according to Yahoo's report.
The power forward put up 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season while averaging just 16.2 minutes of court time for the Magic, who drafted O'Quinn with the 49th pick of the 2012 draft.
Analysis: There’s just an intelligence to the way that O’Quinn operates that bodes well for the next phase of his career. He can pass, he can shoot from mid-range, and his length alone makes him a tricky defender to work around. To get all that in a big man should have cost the Knicks more than an average annual salary of $4 million over the next four years. That it didn’t is a tremendous break for New York, which now has a bargain big man on the books with interesting developmental potential. Even the slightest stretch or expansion to O’Quinn’s game could make him a vital contributor in time. New York needs as much of that kind of upside as it can reasonably acquire. — Rob Mahoney
- Brendan Maloy