76ers expected to sign Kelly Oubre Jr. to 1-year deal, per source: How he fits in Philly

Mar 20, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) stands on the court during a break in the action against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 115-109. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
By John Hollinger and The Athletic Staff
Sep. 19, 2023

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to sign free-agent guard/forward Kelly Oubre Jr. to a one-year deal, a league source confirmed Monday. ESPN first reported the news. Here’s what you need to know:

The Athletic’s instant analysis:

How did Philadelphia get Oubre?

Oubre had been hoping to cash in after averaging over 20 points a game in Charlotte last season, but with the Hornets uninterested in re-signing him after drafting Brandon Miller with the second pick, he had trouble finding suitors at a higher price point. With camps opening in two weeks, he decided to take the bird in the hand of a minimum deal from a contender — along with likely lots of minutes in a thin wing rotation — and try to build his market for next summer. — Hollinger

What this means for Sixers

While Oubre plays more as a scorer and has been an inconsistent shooter throughout his career (33.0 percent from 3 for his career, 31.4 percent last season), he’s a dynamite transition player and gives the Sixers the option to play more offensively potent lineups, especially at the end of games. Moving Tobias Harris to the 4 and playing Oubre at the 3 is more plausible against bigger teams than doing the same with D’Anthony Melton, especially since Oubre is a credible on-ball defender. After seeing Boston largely ignore P.J. Tucker in last season’s playoffs, this could be a go-to antidote for new Sixers coach Nick Nurse.


Needless to say, Oubre’s ability to score and soak up minutes at the two wing spots also potentially softens the blow from any Harden holdout and/or eventual trade. Wing depth has been a sore spot for this team for years, but Oubre could be a Sixth Man Award candidate if everything clicks in Philly.

Philadelphia will also need to clear a roster spot for Oubre before opening day, as it now has 16 players under contract. Danny Green and Filip Petrusev have partially guaranteed deals, while Montrezl Harrell is likely out of the season after tearing his ACL in August. Barring a trade, one of those three would seemingly be the odd man out. — Hollinger


Oubre, the No. 15 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, owns career averages of 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.

He spent the first three-plus years of his career with the Washington Wizards before a trade to the Phoenix Suns. Oubre also played for the Golden State Warriors before his two seasons in Charlotte.

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