76ers sign Kelly Oubre Jr.

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed Kelly Oubre Jr.

And in a related move, the team has waived Marcus Bagley.

The eight-year pro joins Philadelphia after averaging a career-high 20.3 points (43.1% FG, 31.9% 3FG), 5.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 48 games (40 starts) with Charlotte last season. He logged five games with at least five made three-pointers, the second-most of any season in his NBA career (12, 2021-22).

A New Orleans native, Oubre Jr. swiped a career-best 1.4 steals in 2022-23, aided in part by a career-high six steals at Orlando on Nov. 14.

In 527 career NBA games across eight seasons with Washington, Phoenix, Golden State, and Charlotte, Oubre Jr. has averaged 12.8 points on 43.4% shooting (33.0% 3FG), 4.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.0 steal. He has produced at least 15.0 points in each of his last five seasons dating back to 2018-19, while tallying back-to-back seasons with at least 100 three-pointers and 50 steals.

Originally selected by Atlanta with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Oubre Jr. played one collegiate season at Kansas. There, he helped lead the Jayhawks to a 27-9 regular season record and a No. 2 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. He was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer team as he scored in double figures 15 times, including a 25-point outing against TCU.

Oubre Jr. will wear No. 9 for the 76ers.

Hornets guard/forward Kelly Oubre Jr. undergoes hand surgery

Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has undergone successful surgery to address a torn ligament in his left hand. He will be listed as out moving forward and updates regarding his return will be provided as appropriate.

In general, the amount of time it takes for a torn ligament in the hand to heal after surgery can vary depending on the specific location and severity of the injury, as well as the type of surgery that was performed.

In his eighth NBA season, Oubre Jr. is averaging a career-high 20.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a career-best 1.6 steals in 32.6 minutes per game in 35 contests (30 starts). He is one of only seven NBA players to post at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. This season Oubre Jr. has recorded career-best streaks of 34 consecutive double-figure scoring games and nine straight games with at least 20 points (Nov. 25 – Dec. 14).

In 514 career games (192 starts), Oubre Jr. has averaged 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game.

Charlotte Hornets sign Kelly Oubre Jr.

Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced yesterday that the team has signed free agent Kelly Oubre Jr.

The contract is reportedly a two-year, $26 million deal.

During the 2020-21 season, Oubre averaged 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 30.7 minutes per game in 55 games while shooting .439% from the field with the Golden State Warriors. Over his six seasons in the NBA, Oubre has appeared in 403 career games with Golden State, Phoenix and Washington, accruing averages of 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25.0 minutes per game with a career field goal percentage of .433%.

Per the Charlotte Observer, “the move will give the Hornets needed depth at small forward behind Gordon Hayward after their 2020-21 season crumbled in the aftermath of Hayward’s foot injury suffered April 2 in a win at the Indiana Pacers. The Hornets left that game in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings at 25-23 but went 8-16 the rest of the way with Hayward sidelined and missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.”

Oubre has played in 18 career postseason games with the Wizards during the 2017 and 2018 playoffs. He holds career averages of 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game in the postseason.

A New Orleans native, Oubre was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Kansas.

Thunder trade Kelly Oubre Jr. to Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have acquired guard Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade for a conditional 2021 first round draft pick and a 2021 second round pick (via Denver), the team announced today.

Oubre Jr., 24, appeared in 56 games (55 starts) with the Phoenix Suns last season, averaging a career-high 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds to go along with 1.5 assists and 1.27 steals in 34.5 minutes per game.

Originally selected with the pick 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Kansas product owns career averages of 10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 24.1 minutes in 348 career games (99 starts) with the Washington Wizards and Suns.

The forward was originally traded to the Thunder on November 16, 2020.

The Warriors’ 2021 first round draft pick is top 20 protected. If that draft pick is not conveyed, Oklahoma City will receive an additional 2021 second round draft pick from Golden State (via Minnesota).

Thunder reportedly close to trading Chris Paul to Suns

Veteran star NBA guard Chris Paul may be on the move from Oklahoma City to Phoenix.

According to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns and Thunder are close to agreeing to a trade that would send CP3 to the Suns.

In return for Paul, the Thunder would reportedly receive Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2020 first round draft pick.

The Thunder finished 5th in the Western conference last season, but are apparently looking to rebuild.

The Suns tied with the Grizzlies for the 10th best record in the West last season, but are on the rise. By adding Paul, they’ll be adding to their age, but also to their experience and ability to compete for a playoff spot right away.

Paul is 35 years old, averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game last season. He’s on a very expensive contract that will pay him over $41 million in 2020-21, with a player option to make over $44 million in 2021-22.

Kelly Oubre Jr. undergoes knee surgery

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee today.

Here’s the Arizona Republic:

Oubre had last season cut short with a hand injury that underwent surgery and kept him out Phoenix’s last 11 games. That came after he scored what was then a career-high 32 points in a road win against New Orleans in his hometown.

Oubre signed a two-year, $30-million deal in the offseason.

The Suns will re-evaluate his health status in four weeks. But the NBA regular season ends a few weeks after that, and barring a miracle, the Suns (24-37) won’t be making the playoffs this year. So don’t be surprised if Oubre doesn’t return until next season.

The Suns have been led in scoring this season by Devin Booker at 26.0 points per game, followed by Deandre Ayton at 19.2 PPG, then Oubre at 18.7 PPG.

Wizards trade Kelly Oubre, Austin Rivers to Suns for Trevor Ariza

The Phoenix Suns completed a trade with the Washington Wizards today, acquiring forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (pronounced OOH-bray) and guard Austin Rivers in exchange for forward Trevor Ariza.

“Trevor has been one of the most effective, efficient and versatile players at his position for over a decade,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “We are obviously very familiar with the leadership and experience he brings as one of the league’s most respected professionals and look forward to welcoming him back to the team.”

Ariza (6-8, 215) returns to Washington for a second stint with the Wizards. He averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting .393 from three-point range with the team from 2012-2014, helping the team advance to the second round of the playoffs in 2013-14. The 15-year veteran has averaged 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting .353 from three-point range in 968 career games (667 starts) over 15 seasons with Phoenix, Houston, Washington, New Orleans, the L.A. Lakers, Orlando and New York. He has averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 26 games (all starts) with the Suns this season.

Over the past 10 seasons (entering the 2018-19 season), Ariza had 1,304 three-pointers and 30.5 defensive win shares (estimate of number of wins contributed by a player due to his defense), joining LeBron James and Kevin Durant as the only players to post those numbers. He has also averaged at least 2.0 three-pointers and 1.5 steals in each of the past five seasons (coming into the 2018-19 season), joining Stephen Curry and James Harden as the only players to do so. Dating back to 2008-09, Ariza has the third-most steals (1,245) in the NBA behind only Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook and he joins Harden and Westbrook as the only players with at least 4,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, 800 assists and 600 steals since 2013.

Ariza brings extensive playoff experience to the Wizards, averaging 10.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting .367 from three-point range in 102 postseason contests (90 starts). He helped lead the Lakers to the 2009 NBA championship, averaging 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting .476 from three-point range in 23 games (all starts) and helped lead the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals in both 2015 and 2018, starting all 34 games in those combined playoff runs.

Oubre, a 6-7, 205-pound forward, is in his fourth NBA season and posting career highs by scoring 12.9 points per game and shooting 43.3 percent from the field this season. He has played particularly well of late, scoring at least 20 points in three of his last six games and averaging 17.7 points (51.4 FG%, 40.7 3FG%, 79.2 FT%) over this six-game stretch. Oubre scored a season-high 23 points last Monday at Indiana then scored 20 last Wednesday vs. Boston, giving him consecutive 20-point games for the first time in his career.

For his career, the 23-year-old has averaged 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 252 games (32 starts) all with the Wizards. He has also appeared in 18 career playoff games, averaging 7.0 points in 18.4 minutes. Over the last two seasons, Oubre is averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 steals while shooting 81.4 percent from the free throw line in 110 games.

The left-hander was initially the 15th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by Atlanta before being traded to Washington on draft night. He played one season at the University of Kansas and was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team after averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds while helping the Jayhawks to a Big 12 regular season title. A native of New Orleans, prior to the Wizards’ games at the Pelicans in each of the past two seasons Oubre has presented 10 high school students from the New Orleans area with scholarships.

“We commend Kelly on the growth and development he showed within our system to become a solid rotation player as well as the work he did in the D.C. community during his time as a Wizard,” said Grunfeld. “We also appreciate Austin’s contributions during his brief time with us and wish them both the best as they continue their careers.”

Rivers, a 6-4, 200-pound guard, is in his seventh NBA season and averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29 games with the Wizards this season. For his career, the 26-year-old has averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 437 games (132 starts) with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Clippers and Wizards. Initially the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by New Orleans, Rivers played one season at Duke University where he averaged 15.5 points.