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Rumor: Warriors interested in trading for Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr.

Kelly Oubre Jr., Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are looking to bounce back after a dismal 2019-20 season, and they’re expected to be big players this offseason. In addition to holding the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, they have a $17.2 million trade exception at their disposal to bring in a talented player. One such target is Phoenix Suns swingman Kelly Oubre Jr., according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

Via NBC Sports Bay Area:

“The name that keeps popping up when you talk to people is Kelly Oubre,” Friedell said Wednesday on “The Jump”. “Can they get him in? What would they have to give up? They have the trade exception for Andre Iguodala as well that expires here in a little bit.”

While Oubre is a reasonable trade target, there are some doubts about the Warriors’ desire to use that trade exception to take on his $14-plus million salary for 2020-21. Is he good enough for the Dubs to pay all that extra luxury tax money? If they think so, what would they be willing to give up? It’s tough to see them trading the No. 2 pick for Oubre in a straight-up deal, so there would have to be some negotiating there.

Oubre has increased his production since moving on from the Washington Wizards. His scoring average rose to 18.7 points per game with Phoenix last season, though he unfortunately wasn’t a part of the team’s 8-0 run in the Disney World bubble due to a knee injury. He’s also capable of defending multiple positions and would be a viable piece off the bench for the Warriors should they acquire him.

With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson healthy again, the Bay Area club is aiming to maximize a closing window in Golden State by bolstering the supporting cast around these two sharpshooters and Draymond Green.