REPORT: No timetable for Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr. as he deals with hand discomfort
Phoenix Suns small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is dealing with some discomfort in his right hand. The 23-year-old small forward had a brace/splint on his right hand and didn’t participate in the team’s scrimmage on Wednesday.
No update from Williams on Oubre. Said there’s no timetable. Wouldn’t go beyond “discomfort” again. Bridges is a knee thing but that’s the only extra bit we got there.
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) October 2, 2019
Kelly Oubre has a brace/splint on his right hand and is not participating in the scrimmage work during the open media period. He’s up encouraging/barking at teammates. Mikal Bridges is also still absent. #Suns
— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) October 2, 2019
While this can be a cause of concern for some, Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Suns are probably just being cautious since the real games haven’t started yet.
Oubre signed a two-year, $30 million contract to stay with the Suns this 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 while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line.
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.