Kelly Oubre to be priority for Phoenix in free agency
The Phoenix Suns will prioritize the signing of restricted free agent Kelly Oubre Jr., according to Shams Charania of The Athletic; a player they received in exchange for veteran Trevor Ariza upon trading him prior to the deadline.
Oubre averaged 20.2 points per game in 12 starts for the Suns during their best stretch of the season to close out the 2018-19.
If Oubre was to enter the free agent market, he’d be a prime option for teams with cap space that have struck out on their primary targets.
The Suns traded for Oubre knowing they’d soon have to make a decision between him and soon-to-be third-year player Josh Jackson. It appears they have by making him a priority this upcoming summer.
Unlike Jackson, Oubre is a reliable outside shooter and boasts a more complete game than a raw Jackson, who has excelled in a few opportunities, but lacks the clear consistency to make him a more reliable option in the starting lineup.
Oubre posted a mixed bag of goodies in his 40 games with Phoenix last season: 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks, in nearly 30 minutes per game.
His outside shooting (32.5% with Phoenix) will become more reliable as he gains consistency with this team, something an offseason in the Valley of the Sun should do just fine as he adheres to his new teammates.
Oubre made $3.2 million in his last season, but will command a lot more as an up-and-coming versatile wing with boundless potential to tap into at 23 years old.