Though it has been speculated that the Warriors would consider re-signing Kelly Oubre Jr. and steering him toward that role, the impending free agent has expressed little enthusiasm about coming off the bench. Poole, who turns 22 next month, seems ready to embrace such an opportunity. “Be ready to step up for wherever I’m needed,” he said. “The plan is to be at full health next year, bringing Klay back to an already talented team. If that is something that makes us more powerful, stronger, a better team, I’m all for it, whether it’s coming off the bench or whatever the situation is, I’ll make sure to be ready.”
Nick Friedell: Myers said there was “high level” interest in Oubre at the deadline — but Warriors are still hopeful to keep him in the future. “We like Kelly. We’d love to see him in our future plans.”
Oubre, 25, figures to have plenty of interest from teams when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. League sources told The Chronicle that he could command contracts worth north of $20 million annually. If the Warriors aren’t willing to pay Oubre, or if they believe he wouldn’t re-sign with them for what would likely be a sixth-man role in 2021-22, they would have been wise to deal him.
At least that’d ensure Golden State could get something back for Oubre, as opposed to letting him leave for nothing. A league source told The Chronicle that the Warriors turned down multiple “compelling” offers for Oubre in recent days.
Oubre said Monday in his introductory video conference call with reporters that he "100 percent" believes he can be a long-term fit with the Warriors. He compared the questions he has faced early in his career to the doubts Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green had to overcome.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent Kelly Oubre Jr., has agreed to a two-year, $30M deal to stay with the Phoenix Suns, agent Nima Namakian of @BDA_Sports tells ESPN.
Bobby Marks: Phoenix will need to make a roster move to fit the projected $17M Ricky Rubio salary for 2019-20. The Suns are $2.6M over the cap when taking into account the Kelly Oubre Jr. hold and the projected new salary of Rubio.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Phoenix has extended qualifying offer to Kelly Oubre Jr., which will make him a restricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Oubre is a target for significant offer sheets in the market, especially with cap space teams who miss out on high-profile unrestricted free agents.
Wherever he is, Oubre is someone Jones and the Suns are looking to keep. “I’ve said before, we love Kelly,” Jones said. “We want Kelly here.” Oubre is a restricted free agent, which means the Suns can match any deal he's offered. But that could be a hefty price after he posted career-bests in his run with Phoenix.
When asked, Jones didn’t address whether the Suns were currently working on a deal with Oubre. If the two sides haven’t come to an agreement by July 1, when free agency begins, Oubre can test the open market and see how much the Suns really love him when he receives offers from other teams. “We’ll address that when the time comes,” Jones said.
Kelly Oubre Jr. isn’t ready to change his current NBA location anytime soon. “I’m here, No. 3, small forward for the Phoenix Suns,” he said. “Trying to keep it that way for the rest of my career.”
But leave it to the man himself to speak on how much he’s enjoying his time in Phoenix and potentially staying beyond this season when he joined 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Burns & Gambo. “Why would I go anywhere else?” Oubre said when asked if Phoenix was his preferred destination across the entire NBA. “I’m here, I’m getting established and I’m not a guy that really wants to be on a million teams in my tenure in the league and I just want to create a dynasty and a legacy here in Phoenix with [Deandre Ayton], [Devin Booker], [Mikal Bridges], all the guys in the locker room. It’s beautiful.”
“One-hundred percent I would love to remain Phoenix,” Oubre said. “The money and all that stuff is above my head right now. I’m just trying to focus on these last 17 games so that I can prove myself and show that I’m worth every penny thrown at me.”
Rivers mightily struggled during his 29 games with the Wizards. Meanwhile, there was nearly no realistic chance Oubre was returning to D.C. after this season, according to sources. The Wizards created their own suboptimal situation on the latter. They couldn’t afford to pay Oubre, a restricted free agent after this season, because of the $107.9 million on the books next season just for their four most expensive players — Wall, Beal, Porter and Ian Mahinmi, who is no longer in the rotation. Filling out the rest of their roster and re-signing someone who could earn eight figures annually on his next deal could drive them into tax territory. Paying so much in consecutive seasons for a losing team wasn’t an option.
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Spoelstra has accepted an invitation to join the USA Basketball coaching staff for its Olympic preparations in Las Vegas next month. The Miami Heat coach, who went head-to-head against Popovich and San Antonio in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals, will be involved coaching the U.S. select team — a group of players that will be brought in to practice and scrimmage against the Olympic roster.
“I really just want to be a part of the program,” Spoelstra said. “I’m always pushing myself to get better in the offseasons; I go visit people and all that stuff. This is going to be a basketball immersion. I mean, the dinners, the team meetings … for where I am right now in my career, I think this is the perfect thing for a summer of development.”