Kelly Oubre Jr. will not play for a minute in the Thunder jersey. Transferred from Phoenix to Oklahoma City as part of the exchange involving Chris Paul, Tsunami Papi is already leaving for San Francisco Bay, still in PLS after Klay Thompson’s terrible injury.
After the news of the Splash Brother’s Achilles tendon ruptured, our first reaction was obviously a mixture of disappointment and disgust. But then, once the shock was over, we started to think about what the Warriors could do to try and make up for the loss of Klay as best as possible. And we can say that they did not waste time to react. According to Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPN, the Dubs decided to offer the Thunder a 2021 Draft first-round pick to get Kelly Oubre Jr., the nearly 25-year-old winger. We note all the same that this pick is well protected because if the Warriors fall in the Top 20 of the next Draft, it will remain in Golden State, and the Thunder will thus recover two second-round picks, which will allow Sam Presti to further expand its very large collection of draft picks. Second element to remember, the Warriors were able to make this transfer without giving a salary in return because they had a trade exception of more than $ 17 million, the salary of Oubre Jr. being 14.4 million for the 2020 season. 21 (the last of his contract). Oklahoma City will also recover a trade exception for an amount similar to Oubre Jr.’s salary, which Presti can use in the future to recruit. On the other hand, for Golden State, in terms of luxury tax, the bill will be quite steep after the acquisition of Tsunami Papi.
Golden State tax bill is currently $66M
The addition of Kelly Oubre would see it increase to $134M
$14.4M of Oubre + $68M in taxes= $82.4M
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 19, 2020
Recruiting Kelly Oubre Jr. obviously won’t bring back Klay Thompson, but he’s a player who can clearly bring to the Warriors in the season ahead. Last year in Phoenix, if he ended his campaign in the infirmary because of a meniscus injury, he brought out the best stats of his career: 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 interception, all that at 45.2% shooting, including 35.2% from the parking lot. A solid season for this still young 2m01 winger who corresponds well to the current NBA. He can score, the defensive potential is there, it progresses in the shoot, and it brings energy with a personality of his own.. A good pick therefore for Golden State, which will try to return to the landscape of the Western Conference after an off season where the Dubs finished in last place in the NBA. We’ll see what general manager Bob Myers still has in mind to best adapt to the terrible news about Klay, but the arrival of Tsunami Papi is a first good move. The Warriors will also probably ask for the Disabled Player Exception, which could allow the recruitment of another player to the tune of 9.3 million dollars.
The Warriors aimed to regain the heights of the NBA in 2020-21, it seems complicated today without Klay Thompson. But with the arrival of Kelly Oubre Jr., the Californians have just recovered a player capable of bringing a real stone to the building, even if it is only potentially for a year.
Text source: ESPN
Sources: The Warriors will only convey that first-round pick next season should they finish 21-to-30 in the final regular season standings. If the Warriors land in the top 20, they’ll send two second-round picks to OKC. https://t.co/ltzvx7cIhQ
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2020