Kyle O’Quinn agrees to 1-year, $4.5 million deal with Pacers
Free agent center Kyle O’Quinn has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The 6-foot-11 big man had his best season with the New York Knicks in 2017-18, posting 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game as a backup to Enes Kanter. O’Quinn did not disappoint when thrust into a bigger role. His averages per 36 minutes are 14.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.5 blocks.
Strong, relentless and with an unceasing motor, O’Quinn is likely destined to back up young star Myles Turner but could see more playing time than he did during this past season, playing in tandem with Turner or alongside Domantas Sabonis.
The Pacers have made sneaky-good signings, recently inking Tyreke Evans to a one-year deal — one of the most coveted free agent assets during this offseason.
Indiana overachieved after trading away Paul George, getting Victor Oladipo in return, who became an All-Star during his first season with the team.
O’Quinn’s addition will only bolster the team’s bench, giving them a well-rounded player that can serve as a facilitator off the block (2.1 assists in 18 minutes per game).