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Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr. undergoes thumb surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Kelly Oubre Jr., Suns

The Phoenix Suns announced on Friday that small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. underwent surgery on his left thumb and will need four to six weeks to recover.

Oubre suffered the injury on March 16 against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Suns acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Washington Wizards on Dec. 17 in the Trevor Ariza trade. The swingman becomes a restricted free agent this summer.

In 40 games with the Suns this season, Oubre averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest while shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.

As a restricted free agent, Oubre can sign an offer sheet with another team if he wants to. The Suns would then have 48 hours to match the offer or let the lefty walk. Oubre has said multiple times this season he wants to re-sign with Phoenix on a long-term deal.

The Suns are once again the worst team in the Western Conference. They have a record of 17-56 on the season.

Phoenix would like to build their franchise around star shooting guard Devin Booker, 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, forward Josh Jackson and Oubre. We’ll see what type of offers Oubre gets once free agency starts on July 1.