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Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr. intends to be the cornerstone of the franchise

Kelly Oubre Jr., Suns

Kelly Oubre Jr. is looking forward to becoming one of the cornerstones of the Phoenix Suns after agreeing to a new deal with the team this offseason.

Oubre signed a two-year contract worth $30 million to stay in Phoenix. According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 Phoenix, the 23-year-old envisions himself as one of the building blocks of the Suns.

The former Kansas standout was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Suns midway through last season. Oubre revealed that while his stay in Phoenix was just for less than half of last season, he learned to love and embrace the city, which was the main reason why his main priority this offseason was to get a new deal from the Suns.

Previous reports indicated that Oubre and his camp were looking for a long-term deal before they settled for a two-year contract. But while he signed a short-term deal with the Suns, Oubre pointed out that he is aiming to sign a long-term contract in 2021 when the current one expires.

Oubre played 40 games for the Suns last season, including 12 starts. The four-year veteran averaged career-highs 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He also shot a career-high 45.3 percent from the field, and knocked down 1.7 three-pointers per game for Phoenix.