It looks like this will be Kyle O’Quinn’s final season with the New York Knicks.
One thing that we all seemed to glance over is the fact that Berman wrote that the Knicks believe O’Quinn will opt out of his contract this season.
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.
With how well O’Quinn has been playing this year, it doesn’t make sense for him to stay with the Knicks and continue to back up Enes Kanter. He could make more money as a free agent and possibly start on another team.
We also shouldn’t expect the Knicks to try and retain O’Quinn, given the fact that they’re so deep at the center position. This is why I recently wrote that New York should trade O’Quinn because they’re about to lose him and get nothing in return for him this summer.
With the NBA trade deadline about a month away, the Knicks need to figure out what they’re going to do with O’Quinn. Unfortunately, which his ability to opt out of his contract, teams around the league will have more negotiating leverage when it comes to working out a trade with the Knicks.