Tsunami Papi (formely Wave Papi) just got paid. Former Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is staying with the Phoenix Suns. Oubre was a restricted free agent and will stay for two more years with ample compensation: $30 million for two years, straight up with no team/player options.
Oubre’s departure from the Wizards organization was especially traumatic, and was one of Grunfeld’s and Leonsis’ last desperation moves and one that won’t be forgotten quickly. Initially, Oubre was given the slip in the Barclays Center locker room immediately following a game against the Nets (in which he just played for 28 minutes), on Dec. 14, 2018.
However, it quickly became apparent that Grunfeld and trade partners confused the first name of the Memphis player that was being shipped to Phoenix as part of the three-team-trade that would bring Trevor Ariza to DC: Dillon Brooks or MarShon Brooks?
Washington believes it was told Dillon Brooks in conversations with Memphis. The Grizzlies insist they told Washington it was MarShon. One rival GM texted me and said: "Maybe Washington can put Scott Brooks in if there has to be a Brooks in the deal." Welcome to NBA Trade Season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2018
This was one of the most comic-tragic trade mishaps of recent years. After Memphis called the trade off, Grunfeld tried to somehow carry the trade through and ended up dealing Oubre and Austin Rivers directly to Phoenix (though this time not getting a second rounder). Given these circumstances, Phoenix seems to have won Oubre out of pure chance.
Oubre will also be remembered for his incredible energy off the bench and his ability to draw charges and be a momentum changer. Among many other notable moments a very memorable one was his ejection from part of the Boston playoff series in 2017 reacting to a Kelly Olynyk, termed at the time as “KO KOed KO”.
Good luck in Phoenix, Wave Papi, we miss ya!