‘It is Unfair’: Kelly Oubre Jr.’s Latest Comments Confirm His Dicey Future With the Golden State Warriors

Published 07/07/2021, 11:19 PM EDT
March 29, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) shoots the basketball against Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020-21 season was supposed to be the grand return for the Golden State Warriors. Even non-Dubs fans were looking forward to seeing what they will have in store when they acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. Kelly was supposed to fill the void their star player Klay Thompson left because of his torn Achilles. But nothing seemed to pan out the way the Warriors wished. One season in, and they already want Oubre out.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. is disappointed

Unless Kelly Oubre Jr. agrees to a massive discount on his contract, the chances of him reuniting look bleak. While most of it was speculation before, his recent comments have only solidified this opinion. From April to May, his future at the Warriors continued to become more and more cloudy. Kelly wasn’t even keen on coming off the bench, and that hasn’t changed recently either.

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In an appearance on Chris Haynes’ Posted Up Podcast, Oubre said, “I don’t even want to speak and elaborate on much on that situation. But all I’ll tell you is that it put fire in my heart. It added more fuel to the fire.”

However, Oubre also feels that if he was given more chances and time to prove himself, things would be a lot different. “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,” he concluded.

Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Should the Golden State Warriors reinstate him?

Oubre’ was supposed to be the Warriors’ big gun. With a rocky start, he seemed like he was settling in and would become the force he was expected to be. But his electrifying performances were short-lived and then a wrist injury was the cherry on top. He eventually missed 15-20 regular-season games, in which the Dubs actually shined far more than they did with him on the court.  This made things very clear.

Not only did he cost them a postseason, but he also set them back around $80 million. So, Steve Kerr, who wanted him to be the boost off the bench, became a burdened reserve. Why should they pay around $20 million for someone like that? It’s completely irrational.

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Apr 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Understand, if Klay Thompson returns, as is expected, Kelly’s role exists no more. The Warriors may show uncertainty now, but the NBA and everyone else know that Kelly won’t be with the Dubs next season. The cons just outweigh the pros.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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