Restricted free agent ahead Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Suns have agreed on a two-year, $30 million deal for him to stay with the staff, his agent informed ESPN.com.
Per the report: The deal – confirmed by agent Nima Namakian – provides the 6-7 small ahead, who turned 23 in December, monetary safety within the close to time period however a chance to return to the market as a 25-year-old unrestricted free agent in 2021.
Oubre himself appeared to allude to the brand new contract in an in a single day tweet that learn, merely: “VALLEY BOYZZZZZZ #Shhh”
Oubre, acquired from the Wizards on the commerce deadline, instantly introduced a palpable depth and a recent fashion to a struggling Suns staff.
“I’ve said before: We love Kelly,” Suns GM James Jones informed reporters in April. “We want Kelly here.”
In 40 video games (12 begins) for the Suns, Oubre posted profession highs in factors (16.9), capturing proportion (45.3), rebounds (4.9) and assists (1.6). He was even higher after shifting into the beginning lineup after the All-Star break, averaging 20.Zero factors, 5.7 rebounds and a league-high 2.1 steals.
By comparability, the 15th general choose within the 2015 NBA Draft averaged of 8.2 factors, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 steals per sport in three-plus seasons with the Wizards.
But his affect in Phoenix went far past the stats sheet as he injected vitality and a no-fear strategy to the sport.
“Since he’s been here, he’s helped this team tremendously on both sides of the floor,” Suns guard Devin Booker mentioned in March (through azcentral.com). “He’s not scared he’s going to get blocked. He’s going to rebound for us. He’s making shots.”
“Energy-wise, he’s changed this whole team around,” rookie Deandre Ayton added.
Nonetheless, the Suns completed with their second-worst report in franchise historical past (19-63), and Jones has been overhauling the staff. As of Thursday, solely 4 gamers from the 2018-19 roster stay.
By retaining Oubre, Jones provides Suns followers a motive to consider – for now – that issues are heading in a unique path and positively with extra swagger.