The Magic officially traded Kyle O’Quinn to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal.
In return, the Knicks gave the Orlando Magic the right to exchange 2019 second-round draft picks and cash considerations.
A second-round choice in the 2012 NBA Draft, O’Quinn became a productive, hard-working, and well-liked member of the Magic in his three seasons with them. The 25-year-old star player appeared in 177 games (41 starts) with Orlando, averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Aside from the 6-foot-ten tall Jamaican forward, Knicks also signed guard Arron Afflalo, center Robin Lopez and forward Derrick Williams.
Team President Phil Jackson announced last Thursday that the players would provide the team a veteran leadership, talent and youth, along with first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant, will make for a very competitive team this coming year.
Afflalo, 29, averaged 13.3 points for Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers last season. The 7-foot Lopez averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Trail Blazers and will provide an inside presence defensively.
General manager Steve Mills said that the Knicks addressed their primary needs this offseason by adding size and versatility.
On the other hand, the Magic officially signed the veteran backup point guard C.J. Watson to a three-year deal reportedly worth $15 million.
The 31-year-old Watson, a former Indiana Pacers point guard, is a career 38.3 percent shooter from 3-point range. During the last season with Pacers, he averaged 10.0 points, 3.6 assists and 1.8 turnovers in 57 games.
Now he’s with Magic, he will most likely back up second-year point guard Elfrid Peyton.
The Magic have yet to announce any other transactions, but more will be forthcoming. They still need to complete the signing of Jason Smith and the re-signing of Tobias Harris.