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Magic, Sixers, Knicks, Hawks, Kings, Bulls interested in Kyle O’Quinn

Kyle O'Quinn, Hawks, Sixers, Bulls, Magic, Pacers

Free agent big man Kyle O’Quinn has received “interest” six NBA teams this offseason, including the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, and Chicago Bulls, per HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy.

O’Quinn, 29, last played for the Indiana Pacers in a reserve role. The power forward/center form Norfolk State University only appeared in 45 games for an Indiana team that lost in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs to the Boston Celtics without injured star shooting guard Victor Oladipo.

For the Pacers, they seem to be targeting free agent guard Ricky Rubio, who last played for the Utah Jazz.

O’Quinn is receiving considerable interest from the Knicks, the Queens native’s hometown team, for which he played three seasons with prior to last season.

O’Quinn was drafted by the Magic, another suitor, with the 19th pick in the second round (49th overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft.

O’Quinn is known for his off-the-bench energy and camaraderie with teammates. He’s a huge “locker room guy” who provides laughter, celebrations, and positivity on any team he’s on, whether he’s playing more minutes or he’s confined to benchwarming.

Prior to his NBA tenure, O’Quinn was known for leading Norfolk State, a historically black university, in an upset victory in the NCAA tournament over then-ranked number-two Missouri Tigers.

O’Quinn has averaged 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 443 games in his career, shooting 51.8% from the floor, 20.9% from deep, and 74.8% from the charity stripe in his seven-year NBA tenure.