SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 9: Golden State Warriors’ Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) makes a three-point field goal giving the Warriors the lead in the third period of their basketball game against the Washington Wizards in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
Over the next few days, the Bay Area News Group will examine what went right, what went wrong and the biggest offseason questions for each of the Warriors players. Next up is Kelly Oubre Jr., who was at times productive but struggled to play alongside Stephen Curry.
What went right
Before Klay Thompson tore his Achilles in November, the Warriors were prepared to let their trade exception expire. In the weeks prior, GM Bob Myers canvased the league for options to use the $17.2 million exception but couldn’t find a player worth the cost and accompanying luxury taxes.
Thompson’s injury created a level of desperation. Suddenly, gettable free agents seeking to play for a championship contender were no longer gettable, and Golden State had a gaping hole at shooting guard. To fill it, Myers acquired Oubre, who had just been traded from Phoenix to Oklahoma City.
Oubre started 50 games at shooting guard before being moved to the bench and missing the end of the season with a left wrist injury. He averaged 15.4 points on 44% shooting, including 31.6% from 3-point range, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Despite missing 24…