Kelly Oubre Jr. to undergo surgery on torn meniscus
A timeline for his recovery isn’t known yet, but an update could come on Wednesday. However, it’s probably safe to assume the injury will sideline Oubre Jr. for the rest of the season.
Oubre Jr. is having the best season of his five-year career in his first full campaign in Phoenix (he was acquired in Dec. 2018 in a deal that sent Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards). Oubre Jr. posted career-highs across the board, including points (18.7) and rebounds (6.4) per game, three-point percentage (35.2%), and VORP (0.7).
In general, Oubre Jr. had found a nice role for this Suns squad and was been a key cog for head coach Monty Williams all season. He started 55 of the 56 games he played, averaging nearly 35 minutes per game. He admirably held down the fort as a no. 2 option next to Devin Booker when DeAndre Ayton was suspended for 25 games for violating the league’s drug policy.
Williams seemed to settle into a starting five that featured Oubre Jr. alongside fellow wing Mikal Bridges. Dario Saric has moved into the starting lineup in Oubre Jr.’s absence, which will likely continue going forward.
The Oubre Jr. injury probably dashes any distant hopes the Suns (24-37) may have had for a long-shot playoff push. They currently sit six games behind the Memphis Grizzlies (30-31) for the no. 8 seed in the Western Conference.