Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn Declines Player Option

Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn has declined his player option for the 2018/19 season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. O’Quinn will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Quinn, 28, enjoyed a career year with the Knicks during the 2017/18 season, averaging a career-high 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game with a .598/..235/.772 shooting line.

Unlike the Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon, who was reported to have picked up his player option at nearly the same time that news broke on O’Quinn, the Knicks’ big man was only scheduled to make $4,256,250 next season, nearly $3MM less than what Dedmon will make.

As noted by Bobby Marks of ESPN, O’Quinn’s decision to decline his option likely won’t have any impact on the Knicks’ 2018/19 cap situation unless Enes Kanter also decides to decline his $18.62MM option, as the Knicks would likely only have the ability to operate under the cap if Kanter becomes a free agent.

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13 thoughts on “Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn Declines Player Option

  1. formerlyz

    I could see teams being interested in his defense, passing, and ability to shoot from mid range

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    • Robert Henry Labanowski

      Find him a smart coach and he will be a versatile addition to any team, preferably a playoff team.

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    • Z-A

      Too young to take veterans min deal, gotta go feed that family.

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    • Miklo916

      Plus he could of stay and got paid more. So why go to golden state if it was a money thang

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  2. Danthemilwfan

    Bucks would love him. Guess it all depends on do you want to play 10 minutes a game for golden state or 25-30 with Milwaukee

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    • Robert Henry Labanowski

      Agree with Milwaukee!!! I think they have the MLE.

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  3. Scott

    Milwaukee makes sense. I could see him signing there for the mid-level exception.

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  4. Ratty19

    He will be missed by the Knicks and their fans. Good luck Kyle!

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  5. Z-A

    I think he can get a multi year deal 4-7M a year from someone.

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  6. I’d rather go where I can play the most, at the end of the day that is what this guys should be wanting to do to play, not just sit on the bench getting paid for occasional minutes just for the chance to win a ring that they haven’t really contributed much to really. I was disappointed with Monroe last year when he went to Boston, he hardly played at all, he could have gone to NOLA, been a starter & just about go as far in the playoffs & now his value would be much higher, as he would have done much better in NOLA, chasing rings never is worthy, specially when you can still play, when you getting too old to really contribute, then maybe go for it if you feel so much to get one.

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