During his first few years in the league with the Washington Wizards, Kelly Oubre Jr. struggled to carve out a role with his team, but during the 2017-18 NBA season, Oubre Jr. stepped up into a “sixth-man-like” role for the Wizards and quickly became a high-flying, athletic wing that was gaining the attention of plenty around the league.
Back in December of 2018 Kelly Oubre Jr. was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then following the 2019-20 season, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and then re-routed to the Golden State Warriors, where he spent all of the 2020-21 season.
With the Warriors, Kelly Oubre Jr. was once again really solid, but he had some trouble staying on the court. He dealt with a few injuries early on in the season and then in April, he was diagnosed with a small avulsion fracture and torn ligament in his left wrist, which kept him out for a few weeks.
Entering the offseason, Kelly Oubre Jr. was looking for a long-term deal that would pay him well, but his market was really not that vast to begin with. Over the last two years, he has averaged 17.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and has shot 33.4% from three-point range, but is viewed more as a key secondary talent than a main core guy.
As a result, Oubre Jr. still finds himself as a free agent on the market and he is running out of time to find a team to play for during the 2021-22 season. Many teams have already begun filling out their rosters with minimum contract guys, which is not good news for the 25-year-old wing. Now, he’s been one of the names that remains in NBA rumors as opposed to having already signed a contract.
If he is going to play in the league during the 2021-22 season, Kelly Oubre Jr. will most likely have to take a major pay cut from what he was wanting to get this offseason. Which still have cap space to target Oubre Jr. though? Let’s take a look at three teams who could be interested in the athletic small-forward.