The Charlotte Hornets and free agent small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. have agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract, according to an insider.
Oubre, a six-year NBA veteran, has starred in games for Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns.
Oubre appeared in 252 games with the Wizards in his first four seasons before being dealt to the Suns in 2018, where he rose to prominence.
In his debut season with the Phoenix, he averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting a career-high 35.2 percent from outside the arc.
He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in November to fill the spot of Klay Thompson who had a torn Achilles.
Oubre averaged 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 2020-21 but only shot 31.6 percent from the 3-point range. He had a wrist injury so didn’t play 15 games last season.
Oubre, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 203 pounds, may be Gordon Hayward’s backup.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers had an offer for Oubre before he signed with the Hornets, according to Alex Kennedy of BasketballNews.com.
The offer was not disclosed, but it was most likely for the Lakers’ $5.9 million taxpayer MLE, which was the maximum they could give any free agent this summer.
Given his output as a 3-and-D archetype in prior seasons, Oubre would have played a key position in the rotation, even if his 3-point percentages aren’t the most attractive for what he’s capable of.