The Golden State Warriors were at the center of the rumor mill during the NBA’s offseason, and now they have been linked to another potential trade.
“The Warriors and Pelicans discussed a potential deal involving Kelly Oubre Jr., sources said. There isn’t traction as of yet. Like many conversations around this time, it is a scenario.”
Charania says the Pelicans — who are off to a disappointing 5-10 start — have fielded calls about the availability of guards Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick.
Oubre, who was acquired from the Phoenix Suns in November — is in the final season of a two-year contract that pays him an average of $15 million per season. The 25-year-old struggled over the first four games of the season.
He averaged just 7.3 points, shot 26.3% from the field, and connected on only 4.8% of his 3-point attempts in December. Oubre has been better in January, averaging 12.8 points and shooting 38.7% from the field in the new year.
Oubre has had issues with consistency during his short time with the Warriors but has looked more comfortable as of late. Golden State’s net rating is 12.3 points better per 100 possessions with Oubre on the bench.
Whether general manager Bob Myers would ask for Ball and Redick in a trade is up for debate. Ball is averaging 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in his fourth season as a pro. He could become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Redick — who is making just over $13 million this season — is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. The veteran is in his 15th season and is averaging 8.1 points while shooting a career-low 30% from beyond the arc. Redick’s 113.0 defensive rating ranks third-worst on New Orleans.
The Dubs have been consistently inconsistent through their first 17 games of the season, and if Myers doesn’t see a long-term fit for Oubre, he might try and cash in on the expiring deal.
Do you think the Warriors should keep Oubre? Or look to deal him sooner than later?