Golden State Warriors’ newly acquired swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. is pretty happy to have landed on The Bay before the start of the 2020-21 season.
The 24-year-old addressed what it’s like joining the Dubs fold for the first time on Sunday, per KRON’s Jason Dumas (via Yahoo Sports).
Oubre acknowledged the Warriors as the perfect place for him and opened up about filling in the shoes of injured superstar Klay Thompson.
“It was somewhere I saw a great fit for me,” Kelly Oubre Jr. said of the Warriors. “Unfortunately, obviously, Klay [Thompson] went down and I don’t wish that on anybody. I just can’t wait for him to get healthy so we can have full force. But once the news hit and Golden State reached out and said they were interested, it was an opportunity that we felt was the best fit for me in this next season.
“It’s been an amazing ride to go through it all. The game of basketball is amazing, and the business, it’s a lot of emotion and a lot of energy, so I’m just happy to end up here.”
Kelly Oubre Jr. has emerged as one of the most exciting two-way youngsters in the league over the last few years. He has gotten better each year, notching career-highs in points (18.7), rebounds (6.4), and 3-point percentage (35.2) for the Phoenix Suns in 56 games last season.
The Suns obviously wanted to keep him for the long run, but they had to cough up a steep price for acquiring Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oubre was at the center of that blockbuster package.
OKC, meanwhile, has been re-stocking up on draft picks, so they couldn’t resist the Warriors’ offer for their 2021 protected first-round pick in exchange for Oubre.
Golden State is expected to return to the playoff hunt next season despite losing Thompson to yet another heartbreaking injury. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is back to 100 percent, with Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins serving as his numbers 2 and 3, respectively. The addition of Oubre and the second overall pick of the 2020 Draft, James Wiseman, certainly brings excitement to this new-and-improved Warriors unit.