Free Agent Stock Watch: Pacific Division

Throughout the season, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents this off-season. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Pacific Division:

Kelly Oubre, Warriors, 25, SF (Up) – Signed to a two-year, $30MM deal in 2019

The Warriors were willing to explode their luxury tax bill by using a $17.2MM trade exception to acquire Oubre. Initially, it looked like a colossal waste of money. He got off to a woeful start, missing 28 of his first 30 3-point attempts. Oubre has settled in this month, doing what he does best – providing offensive punch while helping out around the boards. He’s averaging 20.5 PPG and 6.5 RPG and shooting 44% from long range in February. Productive wings are always in demand and Oubre – though his perimeter shot is still inconsistent — should be able to attract offers similar to the one he signed two years ago with the Suns.

Markieff Morris, Lakers, 31, PF (Down) – Signed to a one-year, $2.33MM deal in 2020

Morris had his contract bought out by the Pistons last season in order to join a contender. He made a good choice, giving the Lakers some rotation minutes during their championship run. He re-upped with the Lakers this offseason and has retained his rotation role. Morris’ playing time has recently increased in Anthony Davis’ absence, but he hasn’t moved the needle. He’s shooting 38.9% from the field and 30.4% from deep after making 39.7% of his 3s for Detroit last season. It’s quite possible that Morris will see his playing time evaporate when Davis returns and/or the Lakers add a frontcourt piece.

Langston Galloway, Suns, 29, SG (Down) – Signed to a one-year, $2MM deal in 2020

When Galloway signed with Phoenix for the veteran’s minimum, it initially appeared like one of the better under-the-radar moves of the offseason. It hasn’t worked out that way. At the moment, Galloway is under wraps. He was coming off a strong season for the Pistons, averaging 10.3 PPG off the bench while shooting 39.9% from the field and playing solid defense as well. With the Suns, Galloway finds himself out of the rotation with E’Twaun Moore absorbing most of the backup guard minutes. Galloway could still make his mark on a playoff team at some point.

Jabari Parker, Kings, 25, SF (Down) – Signed to a two-year, $13MM deal in 2019

Imagine if the Bucks had selected Joel Embiid in 2014 and waited out his foot injuries. Alas, Milwaukee chose Parker and missed out on a potential superstar pairing with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Parker is on his fifth NBA team, though if you weren’t aware that he’s on Sacramento’s roster, it’s perfectly understandable. Due to a back injury, personal reasons, and now COVID-19 protocols, Parker has appeared in just two games this season. He’s still young enough to reestablish himself as an instant-offense reserve but he’ll probably be looking at veteran’s minimum deals in free agency.

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18 thoughts on “Free Agent Stock Watch: Pacific Division

    • Sillivan

      3pt % comparison
      Kelly Oubre 44%
      Stephen Curry 42%

      Kelly Oubre defensive FG % is usually better than
      Anthony Davis
      Giannis
      Embiid
      Ben Simmons
      Gobert

      • jimmyduz0523

        sillyman come on man, stop, please stop. comparing Oubre to Curry… Oubre had 1 or 2 games in February when he went like 6 for 8 from the 3point line to pump his percentage to inflate. what a joke of a comparison sillyman.

        • claude raymond

          Oubre was 7of10 on Feb 4. Without that his 3pt percentage goes from 44% to 41%. Though I agree it’s baseless to compare Curry to Oubre, 41% is for an entire month without one game and it’s still a good rate. He’s been very good since his horrible start. That can’t be argued.

            • claude raymond

              Let’s try this again Jimmy. Hes been very good since his horrible start and that can’t be argued. And by the way, a poster stated oubre was shooting 44% in February and that’s a fact. You say take way a couple good games and it’s not so great. No facts given. I say he’d still be 41% for February and that’s a fact. You counter with he’s shooting 32% for the year, which is a fact BUT doesn’t respond to my previous post regarding his play since a bad start. So I’ll end this exchange with these facts: If you choose to remove a couple of February games to downplay Oubres 3 pt success and state that he’s at 32% for the year then I will remove his 2 for 30 start to the season. 32% then becomes 38% for the entire season. And again, I agree he’s no curry. And I again state, after a horrible start he’s been very good.

        • Gary G.

          Jimmy you’re not getting Sillivan’s point. Steph Curry is considered one of the best 3-point shooters of all time. If Kelly Oubre is shooting the ball at around the same percentage that means Kelly Oubre is shooting pretty well right now, or in February. I think that’s the point. Nobody’s comparing Oubre’s overall game to Steph Curry. Nobody is comparing Oubre’s 3-point shot to Curry’s. It’s just been a good month and look at his percentage. That’s it.

    • WallyWood

      So maybe the Warriors will go all in during the off-season, and start by re-signing Oubre then try to push their payroll over $200M next year.

      • Some team will over pay Oubre in the off season but it will not be the warriors. Once Thompson is back they have no where to put him and with Wiggins on the payroll they can’t make much of any trades. watch how a bad team will over pay him with a 4/75 deal.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Gordon for Obrue he’ll look good starting next to Wall. He’s more of a wing, Gordon fits Warriors offense much better. At 25 for 15-18 mill I do it. Wall will help him as a PG.

      • Gary G.

        Kelly oubre is not good enough to be considered for what the Warriors need to get out of that spot. He happened to be the only guy available to plug in and be decent at the time they acquired him. But as always I think their sights are set a little higher in the offseason. If they strike out then oh well Kelly oubre types come in but they’ll shoot for the moon first.

  1. Northern Expansion 416

    Jabari just needs the right situation. He was a beast before the injuries…

    • hiflew

      He’s been with 5 teams already. How many does he need for the situation to be right? I think it is safe to say that he is what he is, a vet journeyman that might give you 1-2 special games per season. But he will likely never live up to a #2 overall pick status.

      • Northern Expansion 416

        It took Jeff Green a while to find his nich too. Granted he wasn’t a lottery pick but still. His role was defined early on. I still say Jabari needs the right team. He’s not even 28 yet.

        • hiflew

          Jeff Green WAS a lottery pick. He was #5 overall. That being said, he is the exact type of vet journeyman that I was talking about.

          • Northern Expansion 416

            I forgot that Green was a lottery pick honestly lol. I thought he was a little lower. But yea Green found his nich, I think Parker can also. He is not yet 30 years of age.

  2. Ironmonger835

    Boston should get Parker. They can get him for nothing. He can still score. No one on their bench can score.

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