The Wizards weren't alone in trying to trade up for Kelly Oubre, Jr. in the 2015 NBA Draft, according to a report.
Thursday's Sporting News profile of Oubre revealed that several other teams explored moving up for the Kansas product after he fell out of the top ten.
Oubre was the 15th pick in this year’s NBA draft, taken by the Wizards after they were able to work out a deal with the Hawks. Oubre was high on the board of several lottery teams, including the Hornets at No. 9 and Heat at No. 10, but when he slipped into the teens, there was a clamor from teams to move up and grab him.
Boston likely would have taken him at No. 16, a source said, and once the Celtics failed to get Charlotte’s pick, they tried to move up for Oubre. Several other teams had interest, and a source told Sporting News that the Rockets (with the 18th pick) were trying to move up, too. But it wasn’t until Oubre’s agent, Nima Namakian, got a text message from Wizards vice president Tommy Sheppard on draft night, telling him that the Hawks had agreed to a deal, that Oubre finally knew how his situation would pan out.
Both Boston and Houston owned higher first-round picks than Washington at No. 19, but the Wizards put together the most attractive offer. They sent the Hawks the No. 19 pick (Jerian Grant, subsequently traded to the Knicks for Tim Hardaway, Jr.) as well as their second-round picks in 2016 and 2019.
The team's decision to move up for Oubre rather than waiting until 19 makes more sense knowing the competition that existed for his services.
Demand for 3-and-D players is higher than ever in the NBA. It's not surprising to learn that Washington faced challengers in pursuit of the athletic wing.
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