Phoenix Suns Could Wind Up Trading Kelly Oubre

Ryan Phillips
Kelly Oubre Jr. plays for the Phoenix Suns against the Brooklyn Nets
Kelly Oubre Jr. plays for the Phoenix Suns against the Brooklyn Nets / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Kelly Oubre Jr. could be on the move before the trade deadline, as the Phoenix Suns are currently taking calls on the small forward's availability.

This is a bit of a puzzling development, given that Oubre is just 24 years old and under contract through 2021. He's wildly popular with Suns fans and is in the middle of a career year. He's also due a completely reasonably $14.375 million for the 2020-21 season. So what gives?

Well, the Suns are currently five games outside of the Western Conference playoff picture. If they could leverage Oubre's career-year and get a really nice return in exchange for him -- say a few draft picks and/or another young, cheap piece -- that would be a win for the franchise in a potentially lost season.

Oubre could really provide something to a contending team. He's averaging career-highs in points (18.5), rebounds (6.7) and minutes (34.3) per game. He's shooting a career-best 34.6 percent from 3-point range and his true shooting percentage (55.8) is also a career mark. As a 6-foot-7 wing with some real athleticism, he could be a great piece for a team trying to contend.

That said, it'll likely take a lot to pry Oubre loose from the Suns. They certainly don't have to move him and may ultimately decide to retain him. But if a team has a strong enough package, it appears a deal can be made.