Warriors Trade Rumors: Kelly Oubre Jr. Being Shopped Ahead of Deadline

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2021

Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) against the Orlando Magic during an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The Golden State Warriors are exploring Kelly Oubre Jr.'s trade market ahead of Thursday's deadline, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

Oubre is averaging 14.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 43.4 percent overall and 30.2 percent from three-point range in his first season with the team.

Generally speaking, the 25-year-old has improved following a brutal start. He didn't make a great first impression on Warriors fans, going 2-of-30 from beyond the arc through six games.

Oubre also displayed how lethal he can be at his best when he dropped 40 points and eight rebounds in a 147-116 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 4.

Still, those moments haven't come often enough, and the 2015 first-round pick once again finds himself in a shooting funk.

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Kelly Oubre 3-of-22 from 3 since he returned from a sprained left (shooting) wrist.

Speaking with Kerith Burke of NBC Sports Bay Area, Oubre said he was hopeful of remaining with the Warriors beyond the trade deadline:

Warriors on NBCS @NBCSWarriors

Kelly Oubre "would love" to stay with the Warriors past the trade deadline https://t.co/BTBbQw2hvJ Catch his full interview with @KerithBurke during "Warriors Pregame Live" tonight at 6:30 p.m. https://t.co/6oH0leldiU

The trouble for Golden State is that he's due for a new contract in the offseason. The team is already on the hook for $139.4 million between Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. Re-signing Oubre may not be the best use of the limited financial flexibility afforded to general manager Bob Myers.

Fitting him into the rotation with Thompson coming back gets tricky as well.

Oubre might have more value to the Warriors as a trade asset to address a different area of their roster as they attempt to make a charge in the second half and make plans for 2021-22.