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Kerr offers no comment on Bogut's claim Oubre upset Warriors

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Andrew Bogut made waves Monday when he claimed on his podcast that Kelly Oubre upset his Warriors teammates when he said he wanted more than to come off the bench next season.

While Oubre called "cap" on the claim, Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn't offer a comment on his former player's story.

"I don't have any comment on that," Kerr told reporters while chuckling Monday. "Bogues is a media mogul now, I guess. So I'll take a look at that later but no, I got no comment on that one."

After surviving the NBA trade deadline to remain in Golden State, Oubre was asked if he would be OK with returning to the Warriors next season and coming off the bench when Klay Thompson returns from injury. His answer was not the expected one.

"I can't speak for the future ... but at the end of the day, I'm growing, I'm honing in on my skills in this league and I can offer a lot more than coming off the bench," Oubre told reporters. "At the end of the day, this is my life, so I can't tell the future, only God can."

On his "Rogue Bogues" podcast, Bogut claimed that comment didn't sit well with some in the locker room.

"Now I'm not gonna name the player, but I've heard the Warriors players didn't take too lightly to those comments," Bogut said. "They basically made it pretty known that Andre Iguodala, a Finals MVP, was OK coming off the bench, but we have Kelly motherf--king Oubre who won't. 

 

"And that was not directed behind his back. That was to his face by an unnamed player in that locker room who was not too happy with those comments." 

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Oubre, 25, has had an up-and-down first season with the Warriors and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. While the Warriors will have his Bird Rights, Oubre is expected to command a contract in the $20 million per year range, which might be more than the Warriors would like to invest in the young wing. However, due to their cap situation, the Warriors can't afford to lose Oubre for nothing, so they would like to retain the asset even if it's just to trade him later.

The Warriors have lost 12 of their last 16 games and are watching their season slip away. Kerr will need Oubre, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and James Wiseman to find more consistency down the stretch if the Warriors plan to grab a spot in the NBA play-in tournament.

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