Per his agent, Kyle O’Quinn has signed a three year deal with the Orlando Magic. O’Quinn’s deal is worth $2.5 million over three years. The first year of his deal is guaranteed and worth about $788,000.
O’Quinn, picked 49th in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Magic, was impressive playing for the Orlando Summer League team. In roughly 21.4 minutes per game, O’Quinn averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. O’Quinn used his 7’5 wingspan to make post offense difficult for opposing big men, including one impressive defensive performance against Piston’s rookie Andre Drummond, the 9th pick in this year’s draft, that frustrated Detroit’s rookie into three points on 1-4 shooting and three rebounds.
O’Quinn told HOOPSADDICT.com in July that his plan was to become a backup for Dwight Howard.
“We go off what’s going on today, and [Howard] needs a reliable backup. I’m think I can be that,” he said. “[General manager Rob] Hennigan and Scott Perry are always looking for young talent and you want to be in those type of situations.”
Most people were introduced to O’Quinn after his college team, Norfolk State, upset 2nd ranked Missouri in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. O’Quinn’s endearing post-game interview with Craig Sager made him an early fan favorite.