The New York Knicks need to trade Kyle O’Quinn. The question is, what can they get for him?
The New York Knicks have a big problem when it comes to the center position. They have too many good players. It’s certainly not a bad problem to have, but they need to deal with it.
Enes Kanter has locked down the starting spot, while Kyle O’Quinn has been great off the bench. This leaves Willy Hernangomez and Joakim Noah on the bench and playing every so often.
Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks could trade O’Quinn prior to this season’s deadline.
The Knicks’ interest in trading Kyle O’Quinn at the Feb. 9 trade deadline will rise at the same rate as their chances of making the draft lottery.
According to league sources, O’Quinn’s market value will depend on how clubs view his opt-out clause.
The Knicks are under the impression O’Quinn, a Queens product who is on a modest pact considering his improvement this season, will opt out this summer. He is set to make $4.25 million next season in the last year of his four-year pact.
O’Quinn is 27 years-old, so he has plenty of basketball left in him. Berman says the Knicks would love to get a player that’s 25 years-old or younger, or a draft pick in return for O’Quinn.
Berman pointed out that teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings have the cap room to acquire O’Quinn while also giving up a draft pick.
With O’Quinn likely set to opt-out of his contract at the end of the season and the Knicks already stacked at the center position, it’s makes plenty of sense for them to move on from him with Kanter, Hernangomez and Noah on the roster.
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