NBA 2020: New Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. took a parting shot for Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver after he was officially presented as a member of the Warriors.
Kelly Oubre was acquired by the Warriors in a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He spent the first five years of his career with the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns.
He was asked Monday just how much different it will be playing for Warriors owner Joe Lacob and a front-office group that has repeatedly proved it will spend what it takes to compete after playing for Sarver.
“You just hit the nail on the head. I can play for an owner, somebody who actually cares about the organization and not just the perception of the organization on the media end of it. It’s all about the foundation for me, man. You have a beautiful foundation, can build a beautiful [future].” Oubre said
Oubre underwent a breakout season last year in Phoenix. He averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He is full of confidence for the 2020-21 NBA season and maintains that he can hit the ground running with a Warriors team.
The Golden State Warriors expect him to fill in for Klay Thompson, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear during a workout in Southern California.
Oubre is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Curry, Green, and Thompson and is confident that he can work out a long-term deal with the Warriors in the future.
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Kelly Oubre Jr’s move to the Golden State Warriors:
The Warriors acquired Oubre by bringing his salary into the $17.2 million trade exception created when the Warriors sent veteran Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last year.
Between Oubre’s salary for the season of $14.4 million and the $68 million in taxes, Oubre’s addition is anticipated to cost the organization $82.4 million, which is a lot in luxury taxes.
On asking about his role in the Golden State Warriors’ roster, he said:
“I’m obviously a younger individual who can really, really learn from how they were to handle these certain adverse times, and people saying they weren’t going to be this [or that],” Oubre said. “Which they are now. And I want to show everybody that I can potentially be a Hall of Fame player as well. Who is better to learn from than guys like Klay, guys like Steph, guys like Draymond. Guys like everybody that’s been through this organization.”
Oubre will turn 25 next month and is excited to learn from Warriors coach Steve Kerr. He also worked as Suns president of basketball operations and general manager from 2007 to 2010.