Finishing up a busy 24-hours, the Orlando Magic agreed in principle to send big man Kyle O`Quinn to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade. The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
In the deal, the fourth-year big man will receive a four-year, $16 million dollar contract from the Knicks. In the deal, the New York will send the Magic cash, and the opportunity to swap second round draft picks in the future.
O'Quinn, 25, was selected in the second round by the Magic in the 2012 NBA Draft. In three seasons with the team, O'Quinn appeared in 177 games, finishing with averages of 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
With the emergence of Dewayne Dedmon as a rim protector off the bench, O'Quinn began to see his minutes decrees as last season wore on. After starting the teams first game of the season, O'Quinn missed a month with a sprained ankle, seemingly putting him behind the eight ball for the rest of the season. After coach Jacque Vaughn was fired, O'Quinn appeared in just 15 of a possible 30 games, with the big man being listed as a DNP-CD many nights.
Moving O'Quinn is what's best for him, and likely the team as well. He likely would've struggled to earn consistent playing time, so moving to the Knicks, where he'll likely play on a nightly basis, is what's best for all parties involved.