NBA trade rumors: Magic, others pursuing Kelly Oubre trade deal
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Magic, others pursuing Kelly Oubre trade deal

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The Orlando Magic and other unnamed teams have made NBA trade pitches to the Phoenix Suns for wing Kelly Oubre, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

However, Stein notes that the Suns have not been moved by any of the offers, and with the trade deadline closing in, rival clubs are running out of time to acquire him.

In 49 games this season, Oubre is averaging 18.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 34.4 minutes per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Phoenix signed him to a two-year, $30 million extension over the summer.

The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas, was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft but was immediately traded to the Washington Wizards.

He appeared in 63 contests during his rookie campaign, registering 3.7 points and 2.1 boards across 10.7 minutes a night while making 42.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, 31.6 percent of his long-distance tries and 63.3 percent of his foul shots.

Oubre showed incremental improvement the following season, recording 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds through 20.3 minutes per game, and in 2017-18, Oubre continued to bump his counting numbers, logging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Midway through the 2018-19 campaign, the Wizards traded Oubre to the Suns, where he proceeded to participate in 40 games while averaging 16.9 points, 4.9 boards and 1.4 steals over 29.5 minutes a night.

It seems as if Oubre has found a home in Phoenix, which is why it seems unlikely that the Suns will move him before the 3 p.m. deadline on Thursday.