Kelly Oubre Jr. isn't a stranger to trades. In his six seasons in the NBA, he has played on four different teams. It's the hardest part of the job.
So when rumors about Oubre started circling Tuesday afternoon, it was nothing knew for him. But that doesn't make it any less challenging to deal with.
"I tell players this all the time, and I told Kelly this: this is where you really earn your money," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after Wednesday's 123-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "The basketball part is the easy part. But packing up your family and leaving, getting injured, getting booed, or reading your name in trade rumors, those things are not easy. I was really proud of Kelly. He handled it really well ... He came in and had one of his best games. He was really the key to us finally gaining some traction in the game in the second quarter."
Kerr sent Oubre a text message Wednesday afternoon, reminding him not to let the rumors get to his head. After the game, Kerr approached Oubre again, letting him know how proud he was.