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Dallas Mavericks Kawhi Leonard Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Kelly Oubre Jr. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks rumors: Kelly Oubre Jr. is a target

The Mavs have been linked to Oubre Jr. on several occasions in recent years. The latest was a rumor by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. He noted the Knicks and Heat as other destinations that could engage in a sign-and-trade with Warriors.

Oubre Jr. is a 6’7 wing that can defend on the perimeter. He’s a plus rebounder, but a below-average 3-point shooter. The 25-year-old is a proven starter that could still improve. He would give the Mavericks a bit more size on the wing, and Oubre Jr. is capable of defending elite scoring forwards like Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James.

Kelly Oubre Jr. is not an upgrade over Tim Hardaway Jr., though. The only way acquiring him makes sense would be if the Dallas Mavericks can grab him in a sign-and-trade. They could move on from Josh Richardson and Dwight Powell and play Oubre Jr. next to THJ on the wing.

The 25-year-old reportedly wants $20 per season in his new contract. That price is a bit too steep, and the Mavs should avoid him at that cost. Dallas should let him re-sign with the Warriors or head to another franchise with cap space before handing out a four-year $80 million pact to Kelly Ourbe Jr.

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