Kelly Oubre Jr. is happy he ended up with the Suns.
The 23-year-old forward was sent from the Wizards to the Suns in a trade in mid-December. He said Tuesday he has enjoyed his time in Phoenix.
“Here I can kind of solidify myself and just show the world that I’m a player — I’m not just a pretty face,” Oubre said during an interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I’m just so happy that Phoenix (interim GM) James (Jones) made the call and traded for me to come to Phoenix, man, because that was the biggest blessing of my career so far.”
Oubre is averaging 16 points and 4.9 rebounds per game since being acquired by the Suns. He’s shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point range.
Oubre will be a restricted free agent after the season but said Tuesday he wants to remain with the Suns.
“Why would I go anywhere else?” Oubre said. “I’m here, I’m getting established and I’m not a guy that really wants to be on a million teams in my tenure in the league.”
Oubre said he hopes to continue to grow with the Suns young core of Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges.
“The money and all that stuff is above my head right now,” Oubre said. “I’m just trying to focus on these last 17 games so that I can prove myself and show that I’m worth every penny thrown at me.”
The Suns will enter their matchup against the Knicks on Wednesday with a 14-51 record. They’ve won three of their last four games.