6. Kelly Oubre Jr. trade
Fans may remember the Oubre Jr. drama in 2021. The 6’7 forward was traded twice inside a week before ending up in Golden State for a top-20 protected first-round pick in the 2020 offseason. They knew Klay Thompson was out, and the Dubs did not want a repeat of their 15-win season.
Oubre Jr. put up 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 0.8 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game, but was never the perfect fit. He struggled to consistently hit shots, including shooting just 31.6 percent from 3-point range. Oubre Jr. suffered a wrist injury in April that he attempted to play through, but cost him the final ten games of the regular season and the two in the Play-In Tournament.
The Warriors finished with the eighth-best record in the Western Conference but lost two straight in the play-in to miss the playoffs. It put them in the lottery and lessened the Thunder’s return to two second-round draft picks.
Kelly Oubre Jr. departed in free agency in the summer of 2021 after one season with the Golden State Warriors where they missed the playoffs. It was a regrettable move because it created drama and did not help the Dubs return to contention.