Now that the Sixers have assembled their new starting five, general manager Elton Brand is turning his focus to the bench.
Brand and the Sixers have agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum contract with Kyle O’Quinn, from Norfolk State University a team source confirmed. Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice first reported the deal.
The 6-foot-10, 250 pound O’Quinn has seven years of NBA experience and spent last season with the Pacers, averaging 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He’s a sturdy, dependable option at backup center and a good team defender.
Backing up Joel Embiid was a major issue for the Sixers in 2018-19. The team largely addressed that Sunday with the signing of Al Horford, who will presumably play both as a power forward and at the five when Embiid sits. The 29-year-old Quinn presents another solid option.
With a deal in place with O’Quinn, you’d expect the Sixers to now prioritize perimeter players — capable outside shooters, in particular — as they continue to fill out their roster.