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Wizards get Kansas' Oubre in Draft-night deal with Hawks

POSTED: Jun 26, 2015 3:25 AM ET

By Howard Fendrich

Associated Press


— From his spike-covered shoes to his initial TV interview as an NBA draftee, Kelly Oubre sure made quite a first impression.

The Washington Wizards are willing to be patient with the 19-year-old on the basketball court.

Washington moved up four spots in the first round to get the Kansas freshman in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected Oubre with the 15th overall pick Thursday night.

"We're not expecting him to come in here next year and take over the program," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said.

Oubre's white slip-ons got quite a bit of attention, as did this declaration during ESPN's coverage: "Whoever gets me is getting a jewel."

Washington sent this year's 19th overall choice and second-round picks in 2016 and 2019 to Atlanta in the deal.

The Wizards then took Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant - whose father, Harvey, played for Washington - at No. 19 and sent his rights to the Hawks, who flipped him to the New York Knicks for guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

The 6-foot-7, 203-pound Oubre, a left-handed shooter, averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, while making 35.8 percent of his 3-point attempts, as a small forward during his only college season. Grunfeld said he could see Oubre playing at small forward or shooting guard.

"There's a lot of things he has to work on, but he has natural physical abilities. He can get up and down the floor. He's very quick. He's long. He has a good feel for the game. He can get to the basket. And can defend both positions," Grunfeld said. "So we think he has a good future, but it's going to take him some time, obviously, like it takes every young player."

Washington also entered Thursday with the draft's 49th overall pick.

Coach Randy Wittman said Oubre is going to need to improve in certain areas, "and I can't sit here and tell you what that timetable is without being with him and working with him and seeing where he's at and his personality and how quickly he picks things up. Those are things we'll learn about him."

With a core of point guard John Wall, shooting guard Bradley Beal and small forward Otto Porter - all taken among the top three overall picks - the Wizards have made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals the past two seasons.

Washington was eliminated by Atlanta this season.

The Wizards know they might need to replace forward Paul Pierce, the 17-year veteran who has a contract option to stay with the club next season but could decline it so he can become a free agent.

Wall, a starter in this season's All-Star game, was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, Beal was taken No. 3 in 2012, and Porter went No. 3 in 2013.

Washington went 46-36 this season, the franchise's most victories since 1978-79, then swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Hawks in six games.