NBA rumors: Andrew Bogut's Kelly Oubre-Lonzo Ball trade 'not close to true'

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Report: Bogut's Oubre-Lonzo trade 'not even close to true' originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Former Warriors big man Andrew Bogut created headlines Monday because of comments he made on his "Rogue Bogues" podcast about Kelly Oubre.

Bogut said he had "on good authority" that Golden State turned down a trade offer from the New Orleans Pelicans that would have brought Lonzo Ball, a "throw in" [player] and a [draft] pick to the Warriors in exchange for Oubre.

"I've been told that's not even close to true," The Athletic's Anthony Slater said Monday on the "Warriors Plus Minus" podcast. "There was some early Oubre-Lonzo talk prior to the deadline. New Orleans never even came back to the table on Lonzo. And it doesn't even seem like New Orleans by the end was shopping Lonzo, who has had a resurrected season.

"From what I've heard, the offers for Oubre were more in-season downgrades, maybe small assets, salary-dump possibilities -- nothing that would have helped this current team more. Now, the argument could be made, 'Get whatever you can if you're not gonna re-sign him.' And if he doesn't come back and if they don't even get a trade exception for him, that is criticize-able.

"But Lonzo Ball and a pick was not on the table for Kelly Oubre."

Let's just say that yours truly is siding with Slater on this one.

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It's very safe to assume that if that offer in fact was available, Ball would be rocking a Warriors uniform right now.

Golden State will be seeing a lot of the No. 2 overall pick from the 2017 draft next month, as the Warriors face the Pelicans three times over the final two weeks of the season.

Ball -- who is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this summer -- is averaging 15.8 points, 6.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals over his last 24 games, while shooting 43.2 percent from deep on 8.3 attempts.

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