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Knicks Featuring O'Quinn in Jose Calderon Trade Offers
Monday, Feb. 15
ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst reported the rumor on O'Quinn, who's more of an accessory to a grander deal than a viable trade commodity on his own.
New York is said to be using Jose Calderon's leadership intangibles as a selling point because the 34-year-old is due $7.7 million in 2016-17.
Calderon does have an expiring contract after next season to help the Knicks' bid to trade him. According to the ESPN.com report, Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague is someone New York covets in its pursuit of a top-tier floor general.
As for O'Quinn, his sample size is so small that suitors would have to go almost purely on the Knicks' internal evaluation of him, which is going to be more favorable than the reality. Not to knock the 25-year-old, but O'Quinn averages just 11.2 minutes per game on a 23-32 squad.
O'Quinn is in the first season of a four-year contract worth over $16 million, with a player option in the final year. He's done little to date to justify that price tag, so it's hard to imagine his presence in a deal involving Calderon will sway a team to execute a prospective trade.
The Knicks' best asset to trade is Carmelo Anthony, who is the face of the franchise and committed to the team for the long haul. Arron Afflalo just arrived last offseason as New York's marquee free-agent acquisition, and rookie phenom Kristaps Porzingis isn't going anywhere.
This next period of free agency is where the Knicks should look to add a star into the mix. They don't appear to have enough trade currency at this juncture to markedly improve their current team for a playoff push.