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Warriors keep Oubre at trade deadline despite heavy interest

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Kelly Oubre will finish the season with the Warriors after all.

Thursday's NBA trade deadline has passed, and the franchise chose to hold on to the 25-year-old wing.

Oubre will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's possible the Warriors will make re-signing him a top priority.

If the 6-foot-7 lefty is in fact rocking a Golden State uniform next season, he almost assuredly won't be a starter.

"Klay [Thompson] will be back and obviously Klay will be in the starting lineup," Steve Kerr said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "I'd love to have Kelly back next year.

"If that were to happen, it would be off the bench more than likely, because we'd be looking at Klay, Steph [Curry] and [Andrew] Wiggins in the starting lineup."

Oubre got off to a very slow start this season, averaging 12.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals his first 21 games, while shooting 37.6 percent overall and 23.1 percent from deep.

But he turned things around in a big way, averaging 21.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals over the next 13 games, while shooting 50 percent overall and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.

He then sprained his left wrist and went into a bit of a mini slump.

But he was fantastic Tuesday night vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, racking up 24 points (8-for-14 from the field, 2-for-4 on 3s), 10 rebounds, three assists and one block.

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And now Warriors fans get to hear more terrific Oubre quotes for at least another six weeks or so.

 

Golden State did make two smaller moves Thursday, trading Brad Wanamaker to the Charlotte Hornets and Marquese Chriss to the San Antonio Spurs.

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