Lakers Fill A Hole, Other Moves

The Knicks continue to add forwards to the roster. The Magic and Knicks pulled off a sign and trade deal today, according to Yahoo Sports. The Magic shipped off forward Kyle O’Quinn to the Knicks for a 2019 second round pick. Also O’Quinn signed for 4 years for $16 mil. O’Quinn will add solid depth behind newly signee Robin Lopez and recently drafted Kristaps Porzingis. O’Quinn can post up and has a sneaky mid range game. Solid defender and is a minute eater. Not the big name player Knicks fans hoped for, but this signing will pay off. Magic did good because they picked up an extra pick and clear roster room with all the new young guys coming in.

O'Quinn will get more minutes in New York than he did in Orlando
O’Quinn will get more minutes in New York than he did in Orlando

The New Orleans Pelicans continue to resign their own players. They resigned 3 players in the last couple of days and today they resigned forward Dante Cunningham to a 3 year deal for $9 mil, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com. Good move to keep the team intact and have a key sub on the bench or potentially start. Last season he was a spot starter.

Cuningham had a good first year with the Pelicans and will look to have another good year.
Cuningham had a good first year with the Pelicans and will look to have another good year.

Here is the Lakers new center, Roy Hibbert! Hibbert was traded today to the Lakers from the Pacers for a future pick or 2 and maybe a international player, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Pacers traded hibbert to clear his $15.5 mil contract and to reshape the roster. Also, they want to get faster. With this trade it looks like Myles Turner will start from day one. Lakers on the other hand get a defensive upgrade at the center position. Hibbert can anchor the paint and defense. Hibbert can have offensive flashes, but he is too inconsistent. Lakers got Hibbert to replace Jordan Hill and also because they couldn’t reel in LaMarcus Aldridge or Deandre Jordan.

Hibbert career averages for points per game, Rebounds and blocks sits at (in the order shown) 11.1 ppg, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, per Basketball-Reference.
Hibbert career averages for points per game, Rebounds and blocks sits at (in the order shown) 11.1 ppg, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, per Basketball-Reference.

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