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Report: Thunder trade Kelly Oubre Jr. to Warriors

Kelly Oubre Jr., Warriors, Thunder trade rumors

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trading small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Golden State Warriors, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report about the trade talks.

The Warriors lost All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson for the 2020-21 season after he tore his right Achilles on Wednesday, so this deal makes a lot of sense for Golden State.

The Thunder acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Phoenix Suns in the Chris Paul trade. The Warriors will absorb Oubre Jr.’s $14.4 million salary into their $17.2 million trade exception.

During the 2019-20 season for the Suns, Oubre Jr. averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Warriors had the worst record in the NBA in 2019-20 before games were suspended in March due to COVID-19. Thompson missed the entire season rehabbing his left ACL tear and two-time MVP Stephen Curry only played in five games. He broke his hand in the fourth game of the season and needed two surgeries before he was able to play again.

Oubre Jr. was the 15th overall pick of the 2015 draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He was then traded to the Washington Wizards, where he averaged 8.2 points in 252 regular-season games.

The Wizards traded Oubre Jr. to the Suns during the 2018-19 season. He finished his brief Phoenix career with averages of 17.9 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Oubre Jr. should fit in well with the Warriors since he’s a good defender and 3-point shooter.