Kyle O’Quinn has been targeted as a trade candidate
Since he tweeted what is believed to be his request to be traded from the Phoenix Suns, Eric Bledsoe has generated a lot of interest from teams looking for a proven guard in the league. From the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and New York Knicks, they have all expressed their desire to trade for him, and add him to their fold.
It has been recently reported that the Suns have specifically asked for Frank Ntilikina and Willy Hernangomez in exchange for Bledsoe. However, Kyle O’Quinn has now emerged as a potential trade target, as the Knicks apparently would like to keep Hernangomez, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
“Kyle O’Quinn is a candidate to be traded. Several teams have called the Knicks expressing interest in O’Quinn. New York wants to retain Hernangomez for the foreseeable future despite a lack of playing time early in the season. It’s also worth noting Hernangomez is a close friend of Kristaps Porzingis. Ntilikina is currently the point guard of the future in New York.”
Kyle O’Quinn is coming off his best season so far as a pro last year, where he averaged career best numbers of 6.3 points, on 52.1 percent shooting from the field, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 blocks in 15.6 minutes per game. At 6-foot-10, he has the ability to play power forward and center, which has given the Knicks a lot of versatility in their frontcourt.
It remains unclear whether the Knicks are willing to part ways with O’Quinn or not, but he could be the key for the team to land one of the better point guards in the league, who they can play alongside their franchise player, Kristaps Porzingis. That said, they may consider giving him up, depending on how inclined they are to bring in Bledsoe to new York.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Suns have very little leverage in deals involving Bledsoe, which could make things even more tricky from their end.