The Los Angeles Lakers will look to retool their roster after being eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are obviously untouchables. But Lakers management will do some addition and subtraction this summer after falling in six games to Phoenix, the first time in James’ 18-year career that he lost a first-round series.
The 25-year-old Oubre averaged 15.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 55 games during his lone season with Golden State and is coming off a two-year, $30 million contract. He will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Oubre is expected to be one of the top free agents in this year’s class and could command somewhere between $20 million to $30 million annually. According to sources, the Lakers view Oubre as an elite defender who can guard opponents’ top scorers.
The Lakers’ Jared Dudley, Alex Caruso, Wesley Matthews and Ben McLemore will be unrestricted free agents. Kostas Antetokounmpo, Devontae Cook and Talen Horton-Tucker will be restricted free agents, while Montrezl Harrell has a player option on his current deal.
The Warriors will be up against the salary cap with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins all on max deals. They have the mid-level exception to try and retain Oubre or use Oubre’s salary in a sign-and-trade deal.
Oubre, drafted 15th overall by Atlanta in 2015, has been traded three times in his six NBA seasons.
In December 2018, Oubre was acquired by the Suns for Trevor Ariza, a starting-level wing player who signed a one-year, $15 million contract a few months prior. In November 2020, Oubre was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder as a clear asset in return for All-NBA guard Chris Paul. Six days later, he and his expiring contract were sent to the Warriors for a protected first-round pick, a second-round selection and a valuable $14.38 million trade exception. Golden State also incurred a projected $68 million increase in its luxury tax bill to acquire Oubre.