Warriors’ Stephen Curry reacts to Golden State trading for Kelly Oubre Jr. after Klay Thompson injury
The Golden State Warriors were abruptly caught in limbo after All-Star guard Klay Thompson suffered an Achilles injury after recently recovering from a previous torn ACL injury. The Warriors’ main man in Stephen Curry then spoke about the team’s offseason moves, especially with the acquisition of Kelly Oubre Jr., heading into a pivotal campaign next season.
“It speaks to our organization’s commitment to try to put the best roster out there. I knew we were going to be aggressive in free agency even without Klay’s injury. But it became more of a sense of urgency to find the right talented guys,” he said via The Undefeated.
In the middle of a busy offseason, Dub Nation pulled off a trade that sent a 2021 first-round pick along with a 2022 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the six-year veteran in Oubre.
The two-time NBA MVP also elaborated on the leadership role that he has to take on as one of the most tenured veterans in their new-look roster.
“Kelly, he’s been around five years now, and I think he’s hungry to take that next step. Hopefully we have the culture and the structure to unleash him. With him, with Wigs [Andrew Wiggins], with James Wiseman, E.P. [Eric Paschall] coming back … I could go down the whole roster, but everybody’s locked in on the opportunity, and I think that’s what we’re calling it. It’s a huge opportunity for a lot of guys. Me and Draymond are ready for a leadership role and to be who we are as players, but it’s going to look different, and I think we’re going to feed off of that energy.”
With Klay Thompson poised to miss an extended amount of time, Oubre will most likely be slotted in the starting shooting guard position. He will bring in versatility and his shot-making abilities as he is coming off a breakout campaign last season.
He averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 55 games primarily playing as a starter for the Phoenix Suns in 2019-2020. With his arrival in the Bay Area, Oubre will aim to help Stephen Curry and the rest of the team bring the Warriors back to the perennial title contenders that they once were.