NBA rumors also suggest that the Mavericks tried to approach the Golden State Warriors before the trade deadline in March. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the deal was centered around Kristaps Porzingis going the other way.
“Dallas is expected to register interest, too. Sources told B/R the Mavericks approached Golden State before the deadline on a structure that centered around Kristaps Porzingis, in exchange for Oubre.”
The Dallas Mavericks are looking to upgrade their squad and build a solid roster around talisman Luka Doncic for next season. Improving the defense is one of their top priorities, as it was one of the major reasons for yet another early exit from the postseason.
NBA Rumors: Analyzing why the Dallas Mavericks could look to sign Kelly Oubre Jr. this summer
Kelly Oubre Jr. is one of the best young 3-and-D players in the NBA at the moment. The 25-year-old tends to play with a tremendous amount of intensity at both ends of the floor. Oubre’s traits include tremendous athleticism and the willingness to put his body on the line by making dive-first kind of plays.
Kelly Oubre Jr. Defense (2019-20) pic.twitter.com/s3MVqiUqeZ— Always Hoops (@Always_Hoops) August 8, 2020
The Dallas Mavericks desperately need a player like him on the team to help them fix their defensive problems. In addition, Kelly Oubre Jr. is a capable three-point shooter.
Last season, he struggled from long range but thrived when he was on form. Throughout February 2021, Oubre Jr. averaged 43 percent from beyond the arc per game. The 25-year-old also had a season-high 40-point performance against the Mavericks, hitting 7-of-10 threes in that span. The Dallas Mavericks would love to have a man on their squad who can make long-range shots like this while also playing excellent defense to complement Luka Doncic.
It remains to be seen if the Dallas Mavericks have the resources to clinch the deal. As per NBA rumors, Oubre is seeking upward of $20 million in average annual salary on the open market.