No hard feelings from the Knicks’ side about that Kyle O’Quinn quote. Steve Mills: “Kyle is Kyle. He obviously felt it didn’t come out the way he wanted it to come out and I believe that knowing Kyle. Kyle is talking but I still love Kyle and have a lot of respect for him.”
By Mike Cortez
Both of New York’s top centers could hit unrestricted free agency at once—with O’Quinn already in motion. What will Kanter do, and what will be the impact of the decisions?
Kyle O’Quinn is reportedly opting out of the final year of his contract, making him a free agent. But the Warriors have limited funds to get him, only the $5.3 million taxpayer mid-level exception. Do they want to spend all of that on a big? O’Quinn is expected to get larger offers than that in free agency, including from the Knicks.
But there is a connection between the Warriors and O’Quinn. They wanted to draft him out of Norfolk State in 2012 after they really liked his workout with the team. But the picks they had didn’t line up with his value. He was a projected second-round pick and the Warriors went with Draymond Green at No. 35. O’Quinn went No. 49 to Orlando.
In a chat with O’Quinn in January, when the Knicks visited Oakland, he fondly remembered wanting the Warriors to draft him and talked about how the Warriors’ style of play fit his game.
Kyle O’Quinn: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s the chance you take and I think that I’m in a good position that I put myself in and the rest will handle itself. I’ve done all I can do and I think that I will find a home in the next couple of weeks.”
O’Quinn does not rule out returning to the Knicks.
“I had a good year with them, they are my home team. I know the GM and they have interest, you never know what happens. I hate to use the line, but it’s a business at the end of the day.”
The Post has learned O’Quinn has left the ASM Sports agency to hook up with respected agent, Mark Bartelstein, who also recently signed Enes Kanter. O’Quinn had been with Andy Miller, whose accreditation was reportedly stripped after allegedly being linked to an NCAA probe regarding improper payments to players.