Source: Warriors trading protected first-round pick in Kelly Oubre deal

Ali Thanawalla
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Source: Warriors trading protected 2021 first to OKC for Oubre originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

It took a few hours, but we now know what the Warriors will be sending to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kelly Oubre.

The Warriors are finalizing a trade that would send a protected 2021 first-round pick to the Thunder for the forward, NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole confirmed Thursday night.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Warriors are trading a protected first-round pick to the Thunder.

The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported Thursday that the pick has a top 20 protection, meaning if the Warriors get pick No. 1 through 20 in the 2021 NBA Draft, they will hold on to the pick. If the Warriors finished with pick No. 21 through No. 30, Oklahoma City will get the pick.

Wojnarowski reported that if the Warriors don't convey the 2021 first-round pick to the Thunder, they will send two future second-round picks to Oklahoma City.

Wojnarowski broke the news around 2 p.m. PT that the Warriors were nearing a deal to acquire Oubre from the Thunder, and absorb him using their $17.2 million trade exception created by the Andre Iguodala trade to Memphis last year.

Oubre is scheduled to make $14.4 million in the 2020-21 NBA season. By taking on Oubre's contract the Warriors' luxury tax bill will skyrocket from $66 million to $134 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

The Warriors were willing to pay the hefty price for Oubre because of the torn right Achilles suffered by Klay Thompson on Wednesday. They weren't expecting to have a hole in the starting lineup, but the devastating injury changed their plans.

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Oubre likely will slot into the Warriors' starting lineup with Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and James Wiseman.

Oubre isn't Thompson. Very few players in the NBA can match the NBA All-Star's impact. But the soon-to-be 25-year-old wing averaged 18.7 points per game this past season, and should fit right in with what the Warriors want to do.