Kelly Oubre Jr. and Suns agree to a contract for 2 years and $ 30 million



Kelly Oubre Jr. # 3 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game against the Houston Rockets at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 4, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

Tsunami Papi is back.

The Phoenix Suns agreed to a two-year, $ 30 million contract with restricted free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. his agent told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Wednesday. John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station additional that the contract decreases from $ 15.7 million to $ 14.3 million in the two seasons without options.

The contract allows Oubre to return to free agency at age 25, after the 2020-21 season.

Oubre, 23, injected life into the Suns last season, when he was acquired from the Washington Wizards at the end of December. In 40 games for the Suns, he achieved the best numbers of his career, with an average of 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 badists, 1.0 blocks and 1.4 steals per game. He also did it efficiently, with a field goal percentage of 45.3, the best of his career.

Because the Suns have the rights to Oubre Bird, the team can exceed the limit to re-sign the former first-round pick.

With Oubre in the fold, the Suns return with left-hander and second-year pro Mikal Bridges to command most of the minutes playing next to or behind Devin Booker at the other wing point. It is also expected that rookie Cam Johnson, the No. 11 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, will be in the mix after Phoenix exchanges the T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson this offseason.

The incorporation of Oubre makes them become three hiring for the Suns in free agency after they added to the point guard Ricky Rubio in a three-year contract, $ 51 million and the power forward Frank Kaminsky in what seems to be the exception of room, a two-year contract. a little less than $ 10 million.

Oubre was involved in a three-team deal between the Suns, Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies that collapsed due to a lack of communication. In the deal, the Suns believed they were receiving Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks while Memphis thought they would send wing MarShon Brooks.

In the proposed exchange, Oubre was heading to Memphis while the Suns sent Trevor Ariza to Washington and were acquiring guard Austin Rivers of Washington and the Grizzlies' Wayne Selden.

The next morning, on December 15, Oubre was changed to Phoenix along with Rivers in exchange for Ariza. Selden and MarShon Brooks, the other two players left from the madness, were traded to the Chicago Bulls on January 3. The Suns eliminated Rivers and the veteran guard signed with the Houston Rockets for the rest of the season.

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