It took a few hours, but we already know what the Warriors will send to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kelly Aubrey.
Warriors are finalizing a deal that will send a defensive pick for the first round in 2021 to Thunder for the striker, confirmed Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area on Thursday night.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first announced that Warriors was trading in a protected choice from the first round of Thunder.
Athletic’s Anthony Slater said the selection has a top 20 defense, which means that if the Warriors get a choice of 1 to 20 in the NBA Draft in 2021, they will stick to the selection. If the Warriors finish with a choice of 21 to 30, Oklahoma City will get the choice.
Wojnarowski announced that if the Warriors do not pass on the thunder of 2021 to Thunder, they will send two future moments from the second round to Oklahoma City.
Voynarovsky announced the news around 2:00 p.m. PT that the Warriors had approached a deal to acquire Oubre from Thunder and were using it, using their $ 17.2 million trade exception created by Andre Iguodala’s trade for Memphis last year.
Oubre is set to earn $ 14.4 million in the 2020-21 NBA season. With Oubre’s contract, Warriors’ luxury tax bill will jump from $ 66 million to $ 134 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The warriors were willing to pay a hefty price for Aubrey for the torn right Achilles, who was injured by Clay Thompson on Wednesday. They did not expect to have a hole in the starting lineup, but the devastating injury changed their plans.
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Oubre is likely to make the Warriors starting lineup with Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and James Wiseman.
Aubrey is not Thompson. Very few NBA players can handle the impact of NBA stars. But the recent 25-year-old winger averaged 18.7 points per game last season and must fit exactly what the Warriors want to do.