Knicks rumors: A few playoff teams interested in possible trade for Kyle O’Quinn
It looks like New York Knicks forward Kyle O’Quinn could be on the move.
As the NBA’s trade deadline looms closer and closer, all teams are weighing options regarding some of their players, looking for the best possible deal to materialize. The Knicks are among one of those teams, and there’s been interest from organizations gearing up for a playoff run to add O’Quinn, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The Knicks know they need to do something at the trade deadline and prefer to move O’Quinn, who is expected to opt out of his contract at season’s end. Sources said a couple of playoff-bound teams have asked about O’Quinn as a rental. Trading O’Quinn would open the door for (Willy) Hernangomez, who all summer was called a building block by the Knicks’ new regime, and maybe even untradeable veteran Joakim Noah, who still can help defensively.
O’Quinn is in his sixth year in the NBA, and third with the Knicks. This season, he is averaging 6.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists — all career highs, per Basketball Reference. He would make a serviceable backup for any good team looking for some help.
It’s unclear what the trade market would be for O’Quinn. He is not a star player, or even a highly productive player that would demand a high price for the Knicks to let him go. New York could possibly ask for some picks in exchange for O’Quinn, but it doesn’t appear those picks would be very high in the draft.