One reason the Knicks (18-18) are surprisingly in the playoff mix: Kyle O'Quinn is having a career year.

The center is scoring efficiently inside and from mid-range, cleaning up on the glass, protecting the rim and even distributing some (though that has come with more turnovers). Everything is coming together for him.

That leads to a question: Will O’Quinn exercise his $4,256,250 player option for next season?

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The Knicks are under the impression O’Quinn, a Queens product who is on a modest pact considering his improvement this season, will opt out this summer.

Maybe O’Quinn, who would be a 28-year-old free agent, will opt out.