Knicks, Kelly Oubre have mutual interest

Point guard isn’t the one crying want for the Knicks as they ponder August’s free company interval.

The Knicks nonetheless don’t have a bona fide beginning small ahead and have considerations with their 2018 lottery decide Kevin Knox, who misplaced his spot within the rotation in late January.

One participant on their free-agent radar is Warriors small ahead Kelly Oubre, the 25-year-old out of Kansas. Oubre’s “3 and D’’ picture took successful early this season when he bought off to a treacherous begin and missed 28 of his first 30 3-pointers for his new membership.

He bought a lot better, however that starting dragged down his 3-point proportion for the season, winding up at 31.6 p.c. Oubre is an athletic 6-7 slasher with a 7-3 wingspan proper in GM Scott Perry’s mildew, generally known as a stable defender who can hit the three.

Warriors president Bob Myers mentioned Oubre is a part of the long-term plans. But the swingman will entertain affords, as he is aware of he’ll be on the bench with Klay Thompson’s return.

The Knicks could pursue Kelly Oubre in free agency
The Knicks may pursue Kelly Oubre in free company
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According to 1 supply, there may be mutual interest between Oubre and the Knicks. The Knicks are one of many few groups who can supply him greater than the $9.5 million mid-level exception. Oubre was drafted by the Wizards in 2015 at No. 15 and was traded to Phoenix, the place he scored 29 factors with three steals in opposition to the Knicks in a January 2020 recreation.

The Knicks want extra 3-point capturing/athleticism at that place. While RJ Barrett confirmed progress from deep, he’s nonetheless not nearly as good a finisher on the rim as he must be, in line with analytics percentages. Scouts consider he doesn’t shield the ball sufficient.

Barrett additionally didn’t have a great playoffs, capturing simply 38.8 p.c from the sector and 28.6 from 3. The Knicks will take into account bringing again 3-point capturing swingman Reggie Bullock as they have his Early Bird Rights and might go over the wage cap. But the Knicks may have a plug for swingman Alec Burks, who additionally didn’t carry out as much as snuff within the playoffs and possibly hit his ceiling this season as he seems for giant cash.

Oubre hasn’t reached his ceiling, and a few scouts assume being on three groups in 5 seasons damage his development.

Oubre shot 43 p.c from 3 on almost six makes an attempt per recreation in February. He wound up averaging 15.4 factors and 6.0 rebounds for the Warriors and shot 44 p.c total. If the Knicks wind up making an offer for Damian Lillard, the Blazers possible will ask for Barrett as a part of the package deal, however the Knicks nonetheless view him as a constructing block.

Knox’s standing with the group is a thriller wrapped in a riddle. They introduced in Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne to get one of the best out of him, however he regressed.
Thibodeau didn’t like his defensive motor. The Knicks coach was in win-now mode because the season wore on, not seeking to waste as a lot time on growth as beforehand thought. Ironically, Knox shot 39. 3 p.c from 3-point vary in his transient outings (35 of 89).

Despite their 41-31 file, the Knicks want extra outdoors capturing from the swingman place, as Atlanta busted them up within the playoffs. Atlanta added 3-point shooters in Bogdan Bodganovic and Danilo Gallinari – two gamers Thibodeau needed.

After being eradicated Wednesday, Thibodeau, in his final feedback, famous the Hawks’ potent 2020 free company.

RJ Barrett on June 2, 2021
RJ Barrett on June 2, 2021
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“Atlanta really added some good pieces to complement Trae (Young) and I think that helped them,’’ Thibodeau said. “You look at how you match up with the teams — you start with the division, then you look at the conference, then you look at the league. Then you see where you might have opportunities, whether it’s through the draft or free agency or trades, your own player development. All four areas factor into it.”

According to a supply, the Knicks are intently monitoring the Hawks-Sixers sequence as one other device to guage their five-game ouster through which they had been blown out within the closing three contests. Some within the group consider the Hawks have been underestimated, and are higher than their 41-31 file suggests resulting from their midseason teaching change.

The Hawks’ Game 1 victory over the Sixers did nothing to dispel the speculation. 

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