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.”
The Post has learned the Knicks have agreed to terms on a one-year deal for $1.6 million for Luke Kornet, who was a restricted free agent. The $1.6 million stands as more than his minimum, as the Knicks dished out his non-Bird exception […]
The quick signing is a clear indication free agent backup center Kyle O’Quinn won’t return, with the 76ers reportedly showing heavy interest.
Kornet wasn’t certain how long the free-agent process would take, and sources said a couple of teams expressed preliminary interest entering Sunday’s first full day of free agency. The Knicks also drafted project center Mitchell Robinson in the second round, making Kornet a further question mark.
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.”
“I wasn’t close enough to either [Hornacek or Jackson] to understand if they understood me or not, or any other player,’’ O’Quinn said. “I never got close to either one on the basketball side, but [Fizdale] is a younger coach, championship coach and he’s done it recently. That speaks about the relationship [Fizdale] may have with the players more than the relationship coach Hornacek and Phil had with the players.’’
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.
By Bryan Gibberman
In the last iteration of his Monday Musings on the Knicks roster, Bryan Gibberman talks about the big men that roam the paint in New York.
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Kyle O’Quinn had an impressive performance in the New York Knicks home opener. With his physical post play, it was reminiscent of an earlier Knicks era.