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Kyle O’Quinn opts out of his 2018-19 deal, will become a free agent

Bye, Kyle...or is it?

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Kyle O’Quinn is no longer a Knick...for the moment, at least.

The big man from Queens has exercised the opt-out clause in his contract, per ESPN.

I have many thoughts on this. First...what inconvenient timing! Tomorrow is Draft Day, my guy! As a big-time basketball publisher, I have more content than I know what to do with! I’m up to my ears in ‘tent!

Second, O’Quinn’s opt-out was pretty much a given. He definitely out-performed that $4.2 million for 2018-19. Even with what looks to be a slow market for free agents, he should be able to beat that this summer.

Now we must wait for Enes Kanter to make a decision on his preposterous $18.6 million 2018-19 deal. Clearly he’s not opting out of that kind of money. Once he’s officially on the 2018-19 cap, the Knicks will have to dip into their midlevel exception.

The Knicks will have the money to raise O’Quinn’s 2018-19 salary, but not do much else. Also, they don’t seem inclined to sign free agents long-term, per Ian Begley.

What do you think, Knicks fans? Should they try to bring back O’Quinn? Will you miss the big, bearded galoot?