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It would be assumed by most that being traded to one of the worst teams in the NBA would not be something about which to be excited.
When it comes to Kelly Oubre Jr., however, that assumption would be incorrect.
Traded by the Washington Wizards to Phoenix in mid-December, the 23-year-old is having a ball with the Suns.
“Here, I can kind of solidify myself and just show the world that I’m a player… I’m not just a pretty face,” Oubre said in an interview Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I’m just so happy that Phoenix (interim GM) James (Jones) made the call and traded for me to come to Phoenix, man, because that was the biggest blessing of my career so far.”
Oubre’s numbers back his assessment. He’s averaging 16 points and 4.9 rebounds a game since the trade, shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
While he will be a restricted free agent this summer, Oubre, unlike many of today’s players, seems more than content to remain exactly where he is.
“Why would I go anywhere else?” he said. “I’m here, I’m getting established and I’m not a guy that really wants to be on a million teams in my tenure in the league.”
The Suns, who carry a 14-51 record into a game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. However, Phoenix no longer holds the worst record in the NBA — that “honor” currently stands with the Knicks, their opponents Wednesday night — and have won three of their last four games.
As part of Phoenix’s promising young core along with Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, Oubre doesn’t sound like a guy who will be chasing the last dollar at the expense of his comfort level.
“The money and all that stuff is above my head right now,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus on these last 17 games so that I can prove myself and show that I’m worth every penny thrown at me.”