Kelly Oubre Jr. trade discussed by Warriors, Pelicans
Could Kelly Oubre Jr. be on the move again?
In general, the Pelicans are expected to be major players in the trade market, per The Athletic:
“The franchise is off to an uneven 5-10 start to the season. New Orleans has been receiving calls about the availability of Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick and has shown an openness to discussing trades around both with interested teams,” Charania writes. “A move would create a clearer pathway for young guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis in the Pelicans’ rotation.”
New Orleans remains committed to building around its core duo of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, so don’t expect to see either young star included in a blockbuster.
Ball will be a restricted free agent after this season. The fourth-year point guard has underwhelmed through 15 games, averaging 12.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game with alarming shooting at 38.9 percent from the field, 29.1 percent from 3-point range, and 58.3 percent from the free throw line.
Redick—in a scaled-back role off the bench under familiar head coach Stan Van Gundy—has started the season cold, too. However, contending teams are sure to be interested in the 36-year-old sharpshooter.
In November 2020, Oubre Jr. was traded twice among Western Conference teams within a week. On Nov. 16, he was included in the deal that sent Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, as Oubre Jr. headed to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Three days later, OKC shipped the 25-year-old to the Warriors in the wake of Klay Thompson’s season-ending Achilles injury.
Kelly Oubre Jr. has struggled to find his footing in Golden State, averaging 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, shooting 35.5 percent from the floor, 21.8 percent from deep, and 74.0 percent from the charity stripe.
There is no traction on a deal, just a scenario that has been explored in conversations, per Charania.
As The Athletic insider notes, there are two notable upcoming dates on the NBA calendar in regards to trading. Feb. 2 is the final day a player can be traded and still included in a larger transaction before the March 25 trading deadline. After Feb. 6, most players who signed free-agent deals this past offseason can be dealt.