5 Biggest threats to steal Kelly Oubre Jr. from Charlotte Hornets

Kelly Oubre Jr, Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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#4 The San Antonio Spurs

Kelly Oubre Jr. could leave the Charlotte Hornets to join the San Antonio Spurs.
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After landing the first overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft, there’s no doubt that the San Antonio Spurs will be adding Victor Wembanyama to their rotation this summer. Yet, the highly-touted rookie isn’t going to make the Spurs contenders overnight.

However, the quicker San Antonio can give their incoming unicorn some reps in the postseason, the better. As such, it would make sense if the Spurs began to look for some veteran talent to add balance to their young roster. That’s where Oubre Jr. comes in.

Let’s be honest; this would be a disaster for the Charlotte Hornets. First, they miss out on Wembanyama by one draft selection, and then a core part of their rotation bolts to join him in Texas. Still, the Spurs are projected to be a cap space team this summer and could look to offer Oubre Jr. a pay rise while also giving him an opportunity to hit the free-agent market before he turns 30.

A 2+1 deal, with the third year being a player option, makes sense here. Oubre Jr. would keep a big role within the Spurs rotation, San Antonio would add a legitimate scorer and locker-room presence to pair with Wembanyama and Keldon Johnson, and Gregg Popovich (hopefully) can start coaching some meaningful games again, all while still having enough cap space to add another new face or two.