New York Knicks big man Kyle O’Quinn appeared on the ‘Desus & Mero’ late-night show where he sounded like he had his mind made up on his pending free agency.
Kyle O’Quinn has a big decision to make this summer regarding his future with the New York Knicks. The Queens native has a player option for the 2018-19 season worth slightly more than $4 million. He can opt in and return to New York for at least one more year or opt out and test his value on the open market.
When the 28-year-old appeared on Viceland’s “Desus & Mero” late-night show this week, it certainly sounded like he was planning on extending his stay in New York. O’Quinn repeatedly referred to the Knicks as “we.”
He put over new head coach David Fizdale and spoke about the Knicks lottery selection like he had an emotional investment in it. It’s good to hear O’Quinn talk about the Knicks with such loyalty because he could earn a lot more than $4 million on the open market.
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O’Quinn is coming off his best season; averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, minutes, and field goal percentage. He finished with a PER of better than 20 for the second straight season and led the Knicks in VORP for the past two seasons.
To sum things up, O’Quinn has been one of New York’s most valuable players the last two seasons. He’s become a fan favorite off the bench with a no-nonsense style that is reminiscent of the ’90s Knicks.
O’Quinn isn’t the only Knicks big man with a decision to make on a player option. Center Enes Kanter is tweeting about his uncertainty over the decision of whether to opt in or opt out. Unlike O’Quinn, Kanter’s staring at a huge sum of $18.6 million.