SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 11: Kelly Oubre Jr. # 12 of the Golden State Warriors passes the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Chase Center on February 11, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images license agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)
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The Warriors are reportedly buying Kelly Oubre Jr. before the upcoming close of trading.
The Golden State Warriors currently sit on a record of 22-21 as they continue to battle at the end of the Western Conference playoff standings.
The NBA trading deadline is approaching and it turns out the Warriors could be sellers. Wrestler’s Kevin O’Connor recently wrote an article covering the latest NBA trade rumors. He added a quick note stating that the Warriors are actively looking for trades for Oubre, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Will Golden State deal with Kelly Oubre Jr.?
Oubre is an interesting player for this Golden State team. He has started in 41 games this season and averaged more than 30 minutes per game. The earlier round one pick is also the third top scorer for Golden State this season.
The main reason Oubre is trading is because it has an expiring contract. The Warriors are already spending a fortune on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green for the next several years. If there is no intention of keeping Oubre as part of that core, a trade makes sense even as the team is focused on making the playoffs this season.
Oubre got off to a very slow start to the season and is still spotty. He lost 40 points on February 4th but was also only able to score 4 points as he did on Friday. That’s not a good sign of his chances of holding onto that warrior core.
The Dubs are a completely different team with Curry and Thompson on the floor. Oubre moved to Golden State to make up for his absence this season. However, if Thompson remains on track to make a return next season, the Front Office can resume its commitment to paying Oubre solid cash over the longer term.