Just like Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter before him, Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn told reporters he wants to remain in New York for the rest of his career.
"I would love to be here for the rest of my career if I can," the 27-year-old O'Quinn said, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.
O'Quinn, who has averaged 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 60 games this season, has a $4.26 million player option for next season and can become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, when the NBA's free agency class will likely consist of players like Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson.
"Oh, yeah, we'd love to have him," head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "When contract things come up, I don't deal with any of that stuff. He can opt out. The decision is kind of on him. But he's done great for us. We'd love to have him back."
O'Quinn's words mimic those of Kanter, who has an $18.6 million player option for next season and has said multiple times this season he wants to remain a Knick beyond this season. O'Quinn said one of the biggest factors for him is how close he is to his mom since he grew up in Queens.
O'Quinn has started only four times this season but averages 16.9 minutes per game in total, primarily as the Knicks' No. 2 option at center given the falling out with Joakim Noah and the trade of Willy Hernangomez.
"Not trying to say anything too good about myself, but I earned my spot," O'Quinn said.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound O'Quinn has not given an indication on whether he will exercise his player option or opt out to pursue a longer-term deal, but said he enjoys where he currently is..
"I hope this is my best option," O'Quinn said.