The Golden State Warriors are finalizing a deal to acquire forward Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Thunder will receive a first-round pick from the Warriors, if the pick falls between 21-30 in the 2021 NBA Draft. If it’s a top-20 pick, the Thunder will receive two second-round picks.

As for the financial ramifications, well, the Warriors would have an enormous luxury tax bill coming. More from Wojnarowski, as well as ESPN’s Bobby Marks:

The Warriors will absorb Oubre and his $14.4 million expiring contract into a trade exception – costing the franchise a staggering $66 million additional luxury tax. Golden State has a historic luxury bill on the horizon — $134 million based on the team’s current payroll. The Warriors will receive a discount of their tax bill if league revenue decline this season.

The devastating news of Klay Thompson tearing his Achilles was surely the driving force in Golden State being aggressive on the trade market for a wing, and especially after the chose to use the No. 2 overall pick to draft Memphis center James Wiseman on Wednesday night.

Oubre isn’t the star that Thompson is, but he averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in the 2019-20 season for the Phoenix Suns. He can really score, and he had a career-best three-point shooting this past season at 35.2% (and on a career-high 5.5 attempts per game). If he can keep shooting triples like that, that would go a long way to lessening the impact of Thompson’s absence. With his 6’7″ frame, his size and versatility allow the Warriors to mix and match lineups — Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, and Wiseman figure to usually be a big part of it — alongside Steph Curry.

Sam Presti and the Thunder keep wheeling and dealing, and they particularly keep acquiring potential first-round picks. The Thunder had just acquired Oubre on Sunday in the Chris Paul trade.

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