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Monty Williams says Kelly Oubre Jr. ‘was one of the reasons’ why he was excited about Suns job

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Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams said that Kelly Oubre Jr. was one of the reasons why he was thrilled to accept the coaching offer from the franchise.

Williams turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the offseason and chose the Arizona-based organization. The new Phoenix coach said that he was excited to take the position because of the team’s young players like Oubre.

“He was one of the reasons why I was excited about the job,” Williams said, via Gina Mizell of The Athletic. “I loved his versatility from afar, being in Philly and San Antonio.”

The Suns acquired Oubre in a trade with the Washington Wizards last season. The 23-year-old guard became a restricted free agent this month, but he reached a two-year agreement worth $30 million to stay in Phoenix with the goal of getting a long-term contract in 2021.

According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Oubre envisions himself as one of the cornerstones of the young Suns squad. It was also revealed that Oubre did not have difficulties in deciding to stay in Phoenix because he was loved, and he learned to embrace the city during his short stint in 2018-19.

Oubre played 40 games with the Suns and showed flashes of brilliance. The former Kansas standout averaged a career-high 16.9 points on top of 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists.