Report: Oubre 'hyped' to join Warriors in trade from Thunder originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors on Thursday agreed to terms on a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder that will bring Kelly Oubre to the Bay Area.
How does Oubre feel about this?
Well, he reportedly is "hyped."
Once again, the Thunder’s front office didn’t waste time, working with a player who wanted to move on & dealing him, quickly, for yet another first-round pick (I believe that makes 18 firsts that OKC now controls between 2021-26). Oubre is "hyped," per source, to join the Dubs.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) November 20, 2020
The Warriors are acquiring the 24-year-old and his $14.4 million salary through their $17.2 million traded player exception. Golden State is sending the Thunder a top-20 protected 2021 first-round pick.
The deal cannot officially be completed until Sunday when the new league year begins.
Oubre entered the NBA as the No. 15 overall pick in the 2015 draft after spending one year in college at Kansas.
The former McDonald's All-American had a fantastic 2019-20 season with the Phoenix Suns, averaging 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals over 56 games (55 starts), while shooting a career-high 35.2 percent from 3-point range on 5.5 attempts.
Kelly Oubre did not play in the Suns' eight Orlando bubble games. As he said in mid-July: "I understand a lot of people want to see me play, but at the end of the day, you’d rather see Kelly Oubre come (back) on top of his game than Kelly Oubre being mediocre." 🤣 https://t.co/wVCX1bKao5
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 20, 2020
The 6-foot-7 lefty will provide the Warriors with some much-needed versatility as he can defend multiple positions.
It's unclear if Oubre will start for coach Steve Kerr or come off the bench. Either way, he has plenty of incentive to have a big season as he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.