Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones has provided an update on the status of two key players on the team in Kelly Oubre Jr. and AAron Baynes. Both players have yet to suit up for the Suns at this point, which might just change in the immediate future.
This report comes via Suns insider Kellan Olson:
James Jones on @Bickley_Marotta says the Suns are "hopeful" for the return of Kelly Oubre Jr. and Aron Baynes. Credited how they've been as teammates in Orlando.
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) August 7, 2020
For his part, Oubre has been given the doubtful tag for Phoenix’s matchup on Saturday against the Miami Heat. The 24-year-old has been dealing with a right-knee issue, but appears to be closing in on a return for his team.
Oubre has been tremendous for the Suns in his first full season with the team, averaging 18.7 points (on 45.2 percent shooting), 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.3 steals, while also connecting on 1.9 triples per contest on a 35.2-percent clip.
As for Baynes, the veteran big man tested positive for COVID-19 a few months back, but has since made a full recovery. However, his conditioning has been a problem, with him having to sit out for an extended period. Most recently, however, the Suns coaching staff has updated the 6-foot-10 center’s status to a right knee contusion as opposed to the previous conditioning issue. Clearly, he too is making the right amount of progress.
The Suns have been the hottest team since the restart, winning all four of their seeding games thus far. They are quickly closing in on the eighth seed in the West, and have emerged as a dark horse to make the playoffs.