Due to myriad accidents, the Golden State Warriors have been the worst group within the NBA final yr. In consequence, they obtained the quantity two choose within the 2020 NBA Draft, deciding on Memphis massive man James Wiseman. Whereas they will not be the favourite within the West, the Warriors ought to be higher this season.
Nevertheless, they’re spending a ton of cash to compete. In actual fact, they will pay a whopping $82.four million for one participant.
This participant have to be a star, proper? Certainly it is somebody like Steph Curry or Klay Thompson, and even Draymond Inexperienced, a multi-tool participant that makes his teammates higher. Perhaps Kevin Durant is returning to the Bay Space?
Nope, it is journeyman wing Kelly Oubre Jr. In keeping with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors traded a 2021 protected first-round choose to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to amass Oubre.
It was the second time in lower than per week that Oubre received traded. He had been enjoying for the Phoenix Suns however was moved in a commerce for Chris Paul.
Oubre wasted no time in taking photographs at his former group, significantly Suns proprietor Robert Sarver. In an interview with 95.7 The Recreation in San Francisco, he expressed his pleasure at enjoying for the Warriors.
“I can play for an proprietor — someone who truly cares concerning the group and never simply the notion of the group on the media finish of it,” Oubre mentioned. “It is all concerning the basis for me, man. You’ve a phenomenal basis, can construct a phenomenal [future].”
The Warriors acquired Oubre after Thompson went down with a season-ending Achilles damage. Oubre’s 2020-21 wage will solely be $14.four million, however the Warriors are already effectively over the wage cap. The way in which the league’s luxurious tax guidelines work, groups pay further cash for each greenback they’re over the wage cap.
Golden State tax invoice is at the moment $66M
The addition of Kelly Oubre would see it improve to $134M
$14.4M of Oubre + $68M in taxes= $82.4M
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 19, 2020
Oubre sadly will not obtain any of that further $68 million, which can go to the league as a substitute. But it surely’s a shocking value to pay for a participant who will not exchange Thompson on both the offensive or defensive finish of the ground.
He is solely 24, and possibly the Warriors are hoping he continues to enhance on his career-best season final yr, the place he scored 18.7 factors and grabbed 6.7 rebounds per recreation. Nevertheless, that is solely a one-year deal. It is fully doable Oubre — who once more, was primarily introduced in to interchange Klay Thompson for this season solely — leaves for a much bigger function subsequent summer time.
We’ll must see how that shakes out. For now, the Warriors and proprietor Joe Lacob are completely nice paying a premium for his or her new participant.