The Philadelphia 76ers are set to signal 27-year-old lefty wing Kelly Oubre Jr. to a one-year contract, in keeping with a supply. This information was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, whereas PHLY Sports activities’ Derek Bodner revealed that Oubre’s deal is for the veteran’s minimal wage.
Oubre had a breakout season final yr, averaging a career-high 20.3 factors per recreation in a task with a excessive utilization fee for the Charlotte Hornets. He has confirmed himself to be a succesful scorer. Moreover, his 7-foot-2 wingspan and athleticism make him a priceless asset on the defensive finish. In line with Cleansing the Glass, Oubre has constantly had an above-average steal fee for his place since his rookie yr.
Nevertheless, Oubre has some weaknesses in his recreation, significantly by way of effectivity, consistency, and passing. He solely averaged 1.1 assists per recreation final season and transformed simply 31.9 p.c of his three-point makes an attempt. All through his profession, Oubre has been a 33.0 p.c shooter from past the arc, along with his greatest taking pictures season coming in at 35.2 p.c.
It has been some time since Oubre has performed within the playoffs, along with his solely NBA postseason expertise coming throughout his time with the Washington Wizards within the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Regardless of uncertainty surrounding James Harden’s potential commerce request, the Sixers are assured of their capability to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season and contend for a championship with the assistance of their reigning MVP, Joel Embiid.
As soon as the signing of Oubre is official, the Sixers’ roster will attain the offseason restrict of 21 gamers. Nevertheless, they might want to trim all the way down to 18 gamers (15 common contract gamers and three gamers on two-way contracts) earlier than the beginning of the common season. The workforce has different wing choices to think about, together with Danuel Home Jr., Furkan Korkmaz, and Danny Inexperienced, who’s on a non-guaranteed contract. Notable departures from the workforce embody Georges Niang and Jalen McDaniels, who had been each free brokers.
New head coach Nick Nurse could have the duty of evaluating his choices when the workforce begins coaching camp on October third at Colorado State College.