5. Kelly Oubre Jr. - SF, Golden State Warriors
Coming off a season in which he averaged 15.4 points and six rebounds per game, Kelly Oubre Jr. is bound to have a few suitors in need of offense this offseason. If a recent report by Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports is to be believed, the Spurs are one of them.
In his column, Goodwill states: "According to league sources, Miami, San Antonio, and the New York Knicks are among the teams interested in Oubre in free agency."
Call me a skeptic, but haven't we heard the Spurs being "linked to" several free agents in the past only to end up in a big market? The sentence just seemed like a non-story to me considering how tight-lipped the Spurs always are.
With that said, should the Spurs indeed be interested in the 25-year-old's services? To start, he's a proven scorer who's averaged 15.0 points per game over the last four seasons. He also brings size (6-7) and rebounding to the small forward position. Kelly's ability to find his spots on offense is also something the Spurs could benefit from if they were able to acquire him.
I could understand why many Spurs fans would want to bring someone like Kelly Oubre Jr. on, but I'm just not sold. First of all, I just can't really see a personality like Oubre wanting to sign with the Spurs, which is probably why he's favored to sign with a team like the New York Knicks. Could you really see a guy who regularly blows kisses at opponents playing for Coach Popovich?
Obviously, personality shouldn't be the only basis of an argument to pass, so there's also the fact that he'll probably command anywhere between $15 million and $20 million per year. His scoring might be impressive enough for that figure on paper, but they've all been on mediocre-to-bad teams in which he got a lot of touches. He wouldn't be the worst signing in the world, but I don't see the value there.