Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has underlined that the team would like to keep swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. beyond this season. The Warriors, who traded for Oubre before this season, are very happy with what they have seen from the swingman so far and they are willing to negotiate a contract when the time comes.
"Kelly's done a great job," Myers said during a video conference call with reporters Friday, praising Oubre for the way he's handled the speculation surrounding his future. Myers then posed the question that has hovered over the organization since Oubre's arrival: "Are we going to keep him or are we not going to keep him?" Some thought the Warriors would be open to trading Oubre at the trade deadline but they weren't.
"I think a lot of people thought he might be available," Myers said. "But we value him too, as evidenced by not trading him. ... He handled it very well. I think our actions spoke to how we view him."
Oubre not ready to speak about his future
''I can't speak for the future, brother," Oubre said.
"You keep asking me questions like I'm a psychic. But at the end of the day, I'm growing, I'm honing in on my skills in this league and I can offer a lot more than coming off the bench, so at the end of the day, this is my life.
I can't tell the future. Only God can." The Warriors are dead serious about locking in Oubre for the future. "I talked to his agent the other night in person, his dad comes to a lot of games," Myers said.
"I'm not going to bother Kelly about whether you're going to start next year in the middle of our season. He knows. That's a better conversation for his representation to have when they want to have it. So we had that conversation privately, so he's informed.
His focus should be on playing basketball and winning games. I like what he said last night; he should want to start. That's what you should want. Every player should want to start. "I represented a lot of guys. I don't know that anybody, even [Andre] Iguodala when he was here, I think he probably liked it when he said, 'Hey, I'm going to start you in the Finals.'
I'm sure he probably didn't say, 'Well, I want to stay on the bench.' But everybody figures it out as they move. Every team has a different roster; every team has different personnel."