Rumor: New York Knicks to Sign Kelly Oubre Jr

Kelly Oubre Jr is a free agent this summer after spending one season with the Golden State Warriors and according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, it's likely he lands his new contract with the New York Knicks.

The Knicks are desperate for some shooting and even though it wasn't Oubre's best season, he showed flashes of brilliance that could be a solid compliment to the likes of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. The team is desperate for a small forward and the lanky wing would bring some 3 and D to the Big Apple. The 25-year-old is coming off making just over $14 million per season averaging 15.4 ppg and 6.0rpg, while shooting 32% from deep.

Berman had this to say about what he sees from the Knicks and Oubre Jr: 
According to one source, there is mutual interest between Oubre and the Knicks. The Knicks are one of the few teams who can offer him more than the $9.5 million mid-level exception. Oubre was drafted by the Wizards in 2015 at No. 15 and was traded to Phoenix, where he scored 29 points with three steals against the Knicks in a January 2020 game.

The Knicks need more 3-point shooting/athleticism at that position. While RJ Barrett showed progress from deep, he’s still not as good a finisher at the rim as he should be, according to analytics percentages. Scouts believe he doesn’t protect the ball enough.

Oubre will be looking for a new home as the youngster still hasn't hit his stride in the league. His 7'3 wingspan, athleticism and raw talent still haven't been tapped to his ceiling and it's sounding like he may find exactly what he's looking for under the bright lights of Broadway.

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