Kyle O’Quinn a candidate for Warriors’ mid-level exception
The Golden State Warriors could make a strong change to their starting lineup this offseason after being expected to let veteran starter Zaza Pachulia go, having gone rather unused in the postseason.
The Warriors expressed interest in O’Quinn last offseason and could do so again, especially if they lose the likes of Pachulia and Kevon Looney — largely clearing the logjam at the center position.
O’Quinn had his best season to date in 2017-18, averaging 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 blocks in limited playing time, garnering only 18 minutes per game under former coach Jeff Hornacek.
The 6-foot-11 center shot a blistering 58 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the foul line, fitting right into what the Warriors want in their frontcourt, an able big man that can score around the basket, rebound tenaciously, and play great defense.
O’Quinn is not only a willing passer but a deft one — making him a perfect free agent target for Golden State with the mid-level exception, especially if the market for big men is still depressed, as it was last season, according to GSW FastBreak.
The 28-year-old is also a strong free-throw shooter and avid offensive rebounder, making him a perfect candidate to garner the starting center spot with Pachulia’s days likely numbered.