Suns rumors: Phoenix made trade with Grizzlies to put themselves in better position to re-sign Kelly Oubre Jr.
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Report: Suns traded with Grizzlies to be in better position to re-sign Kelly Oubre Jr.

Kelly Oubre Jr., Suns

The Phoenix Suns made their trade with the Memphis Grizzlies to put themselves in a better position to re-sign small forward Kelly Oubre Jr., according to David Aldridge of The Athletic.

Oubre is a restricted free agent, meaning he can sign an offer sheet with another team if he wants to. Then the Suns would have 48 hours to match the deal or let the lefty walk.

This past season with the Washington Wizards and Suns, Oubre averaged 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 32.0 percent beyond the arc, and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line. The Suns parted with Josh Jackson, who underwhelmed in Phoenix, opening up more playing time for Oubre if he comes back.

Back in March, Oubre said he was so happy general manager James Jones traded for him. The 23-year-old said he wanted to create a dynasty in Phoenix with shooting guard Devin Booker, big man Deandre Ayton and swingman Mikal Bridges. The Suns have been a walking disaster for years. They haven’t made the postseason since 2010.

The fact that Oubre wants to come back despite all the losing and dysfunction that has gone on in Phoenix shows you he believes things are about to change.