Even with Robin Lopez in the fold, the New York Knicks still needed to add a little bit of size and defensive gumption. With that in mind, Phil Jackson went out and made a deal for Orlando Magic big man Kyle O'Quinn:
Sources: Free agent Kyle O’Quinn has agreed to a four-year, $16M deal with New York. Knicks acquire him in sign-and-trade with Orlando.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2015
Sources: As part of O'Quinn sign-and-trade, New York will send Orlando cash and the right of swap a second-round draft pick in 2019.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2015
Once I blinked my eyes 10 or 12 times to make sure that read "second-round pick" I was ecstatic. Shamrock Shake! Dr. O'Quinn, Medicine Forward!
At 6'10", the 25-year-old Flushing native is a true banger at either the center or power forward position. He was at his best in 2013-14, when he averaged 6.2 points on 50.1% shooting and 5.3 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game. This should prove a tremendous fit for New York, as O'Quinn can either back up to Lopez or play alongside him at the 4 in ultra-big lineups. Imagine that...a big Knicks lineup that might not end up a string of poop-filled sausage links on the defensive end!
The Zen Master has done it again, my friends. Happy Fourth of July -- where today, everyone is just a little bit Irish!