Did Kelly Oubre Jr. Price Himself Out of the Market?


Confidence is a big factor in being a successful NBA player. Kelly Oubre Jr. is assuredly not short on confidence. But too much of it could work against you. Oubre had a good season with the Golden State Warriors, but his free agent demands just might be pricing him out of some decent deals. 

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Oubre refused to meet with the Miami Heat because all they had to offer was the midlevel exception, far below his contract expectations. 

Now his management are scrambling to find a suitable offer, with most teams running out of cash. 

The 25-year-old small forward averaged 15.4 PPG and 6 rebounds for the Warriors last season, but he's not a 3-point threat, hitting on only 31.6% of his attempts (career 32.6%); that was down 3 points a game overall, while all of his shooting percentages dropped over the previous year. 

Oubre is coming off a 2-year, $30 million contract. His shooting woes may make it difficult for him to replicate that kind of earning power, unless some teams are feeling left out of the free agent process and feel they need to come up with an asset. 

The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks do have money to spend, and in fact, the Mavs have shown interest in him in the past. But how high these teams are willing to go remains to be seen. 

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