Kelly Oubre Jr. is expected to be in high demand this offseason when he enters NBA free agency.
The New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs reportedly are among the teams expected to be interested in signing the Warriors wing. The 25-year-old could be looking at a big payday this summer as the Bay Area News' Wes Goldberg reported Wednesday, citing a source, that Oubre could look for a free-agent contract that pays upward of $20 million per year.
Oubre is coming off a season in which he averaged 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Warriors while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from 3-point range.
While the Warriors would like Oubre to return and come off the bench, the young wing recently spoke to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes about his up-and-down season in Golden State and cut off any notion about coming off the bench should he return.
"I don't even want to speak and elaborate on much on that situation," Oubre said to Haynes on the latest Posted Up podcast. "But all I'll tell you is that it put fire in my heart. It added more fuel to the fire.
"Being 25 years old, the way that my career has been shaping out, the growth that I've shown in my career to go from the 15th pick to continuously have my numbers grow each and every year and my role and opportunity on the team to grow each and every year to have a year where my opportunity is lessened, and then as the year goes on I'm put into this category of trying to shape out the future of the organization when I haven't been given a fair opportunity to show what I can do on a large scale -- yeah, it is unfair.
"But all I could do was go do my job and play. Keep focused and be professional. I was just worried about playing basketball for the team, and now I'm blessed to be an unrestricted free agent."
However, if Oubre is to command such a lucrative contract, that likely would be a non-starter for a Warriors team already in a precarious cap situation.
The Warriors do own Oubre's Bird Rights, so they can sign him to any contract, but one that lands in the $20 million per year range would likely be too much for the Warriors to spend on a sixth man. Golden State could try to orchestrate a sign-and-trade for Oubre, but that also could prove to be a complicated proposition.
NBA free agency begins at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2.