Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Lawrence Frank met with Knicks free agent Kyle O’Quinn
Lost a bit in the shuffle in NBA free agency, the Los Angeles Clippers have been active in shaping their roster ahead of the 2018-19 season by adding proven veterans to the mix.
The latest chatter around Los Angeles surrounds the possibility of adding former New York Knicks big man Kyle O’Quinn, who the team had met with on Tuesday night, according to Brad Turner of The LA Times.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers and president Lawrence Frank had dinner Tuesday night in LA with Knicks free agent center Kyle O’Quinn, per source. The two sides will continue to talk.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 4, 2018
The 28-year-old is coming off a career-best campaign in New York where he put up career highs in points (7.1), rebounds (6.1), assists (2.1), field goal percentage (58.3-percent) and minutes (18.0). O’Quinn proved to be a reliable asset in the frontcourt off the bench last season for the Knicks with his consistent production along with high impact in the paint on both ends of the floor. This saw him notch double-figure scoring 21 times that included a 20-point outing while totaling 13 games with double-digit rebounds that resulted in eight double-doubles.
The addition of O’Quinn for the Clippers would further stabilize their court and bench that had experienced the departure of former All-Star big man DeAndre Jordan via free agency this offseason. The front office has already made the move of acquiring center Marcin Gortat in a trade from the Washington Wizards in exchange for guard Austin Rivers. Los Angeles also has big man Boban Marjanovic and signed Mike Scott to a one-year deal.
Given the Clippers need to address their lack of depth in the frontcourt, things could move fast between them and O’Quinn to get a deal done over the next few days. It could likely result in a one-year deal for them to keep their salary cap space open for next offseason where they anticipate being highly aggressive in free agency toward adding superstar talent to the mix with much of that likely centered on acquiring All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.