Multiple teams have called the Knicks to express interest in trading for C Kyle O'Quinn, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
The Knicks are not interested in trading C Willy Hernangomez, who is currently out of the rotation while O'Quinn and Enes Kanter get the bulk of the playing time at center.
Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said earlier this week that he believes Hernangomez "deserves" more playing time after the center was limited to just four minutes in Thursday's season-opener and a healthy scratch in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.
"He deserves it," Porzingis told the New York Post's Marc Berman. "But we have a lot of big guys on the floor and I understand everybody's fighting for those minutes. And not everybody is going to get what they deserve."
O'Quinn, 27, is in the third year of a four-year contract that pays him $4.08 million this season and $4.25 million in 2018-19.
He averaged 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in 79 games for the Knicks last season.
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If the Knicks aren't willing to trade Willy Hernangomez, that would mean Jeff Hornacek is expecting at some point to play him. If that's the case, it makes a ton of sense to trade Kyle O'Quinn. The Knicks have a lot of big men and it's not allowing guys to play minutes they should. Once Joakim Noah returns from his suspension, that may be the time the Knicks think about pulling the trigger on a deal if it makes sense for the Knicks.
O'Quinn's contract isn't terrible as he's getting just over $4 million this year and over $4 million next season. It makes a ton of sense for teams to want that kind of deal for a solid 27-year-old big man who is great on the boards. With the direction the Knicks are going, they should see what they can get for him. The ideal trade would be if they can do O'Quinn and Courtney Lee for Eric Bledsoe, but the Suns want Hernangomez and Frank Ntilikina. Let's see what the Knicks can get for O'Quinn or a package including him. The Knicks should be all ears.