Signed to a four-year, $16 million deal as a free agent last summer, O’Quinn had a perplexing first season in his hometown. After a solid start, the burly, 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward lost his spot in the rotation in midseason and was in and out of the lineup, averaging 11.8 minutes in 65 games. Sources indicated defensive lapses were more the cause than his offense, though he was once benched for his quick trigger.
“I have no idea,’’ O’Quinn said on what caused his demotion. “If I knew, I wouldn’t have did it.’’
Source: Marc Berman of New York Post
Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations
Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.
Knicks have been informed that Oklahoma City is one of the other teams Carmelo Anthony has included on his list, team sources told ESPN
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 23, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD
In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.
“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”
Source: Royce Young of ESPN
Sources: Suns’ Alan Williams Suffers Partially Torn Meniscus
Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams has suffered a partially torn meniscus, an initial evaluation reveals, league sources tell ESPN.
Williams is getting a second opinion on Saturday and is also expected to undergo an MRI, sources say.