RUMOR: Knicks could target Kelly Oubre Jr. in free agency
The New York Knicks certainly need to find another bonafide starting point guard this summer, but that’s not their only need. The small forward position is also an area that needs addressing, with Kevin Knox losing his spot in the rotation in January.
With that said, Warriors forward Kelly Oubre Jr could be a player the Knicks go after this summer, according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman.
According to one source, there is mutual interest between Oubre and the Knicks. The Knicks are one of the few teams who can offer him more than the $9.5 million mid-level exception. Oubre was drafted by the Wizards in 2015 at No. 15 and was traded to Phoenix, where he scored 29 points with three steals against the Knicks in a January 2020 game.
Warriors president Bob Myers voiced that Oubre is in their plans for the future, but with Klay Thompson returning next season, Oubre could find himself with limited minutes.
The Knicks could present a starting opportunity for him. He becomes a free agent this summer and New York could use a 3 and D type player like Oubre who can shoot it efficiently and defend at a high level, which would fit perfectly into Tom Thibodeau’s system.
Without a doubt, the Knicks will be busy this summer and Oubre might be a valuable addition.