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Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr. out vs. Knicks due to concussion

Kelly Oubre Jr., NBA Trade

The Phoenix Suns will be without small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. on Thursday when they take on the New York Knicks.

The Suns say Oubre is in the concussion protocol.

The Suns are 16-24 on the season and in 11th place in the Western Conference standings.

Kelly Oubre Jr. has appeared in 40 games for the Suns this season. He’s averaging 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Oubre signed a two-year, $30 million contract to stay with the Suns this past summer. Phoenix acquired Oubre from the Washington Wizards last season in the Trevor Ariza trade.

The lefty averaged 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 69 games with Washington and Phoenix in 2018-19 while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Phoenix has been a walking disaster for years and they haven’t made the playoffs since 2010. With that said, it’s up to Oubre, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton to turn the Suns around.

It’s not going to be easy, though, since the Western Conference is tough as nails. The Suns aren’t expected to compete for a playoff spot this season. The only big move they made in free agency was signing point guard Ricky Rubio, although some might say the hiring of head coach Monty Williams was a step in the right direction.