PHOENIX SUNS

Kelly Oubre Jr.’s Instagram is freaking out some Suns fans

Jul 2, 2019, 11:16 AM | Updated: Jul 6, 2019, 8:46 am

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (3) celebrates the team's overtime win over the Orlando Magic ...

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (3) celebrates the team's overtime win over the Orlando Magic in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

This is good troll work or very concerning.

Either way, Phoenix Suns fans are paying great attention to Kelly Oubre Jr.’s social media feeds as his free agency status lingers into the third day.

When it comes to news, there’s been silence since 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro last reported that the Suns’ restricted free agent would meet with the team on Sunday night.

But Oubre hasn’t been quiet on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, lending room for Suns fans to put meaning into every one of his posts. The latest: a series of posts in his Instagram story of song titles that might be concerning to those in Phoenix.

“Poof,” like he’s gone?

“Had to” like there’s a good reason?

“Bag,” like the one he secured from another team that’s not Phoenix?

It’s coincidence or fine toying by Oubre. In any case, it’s likely the restricted free agent forward isn’t in the best position of leverage. Since a furious start to free agency, things across the NBA have churned to a halt after big chunks of money have been spent.

Oubre could be waiting on the last big free agent, Kawhi Leonard, to make a decision, hoping he could become Plan B for a team that still has cap space. As of Tuesday morning, that list is somewhat short.

Phoenix, it’s likely, hasn’t put too massive of an offer on the table. The Suns can match any offer by another team and go beyond the salary cap limit to re-sign Oubre at any price. Oubre is right to drag this out and hope a bigger offer comes his way, and Phoenix is right not to offer him a big contract, outbidding only themselves in the process.

If no other teams jump into the fray and sign Oubre to an offer sheet, there is leverage given to the Suns and only one way for Oubre to get some back.

Taking the qualifying offer would pay Oubre $4.9 million in 2019-20 before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason, allowing him to play for what he would hope is a larger contract.

There are a lot of possible outcomes here. What’s certain is that Suns fans, the majority of whom appear hoping for an Oubre return, will remain paranoid about every Oubre tweet and Instagram post until the forward is locked into a new deal.

Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker #1 and head coach Frank Vogel of the Phoenix Suns...

Arizona Sports

NBA playoff standings: Suns can still avoid play-in with 1 game left

Where are the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference standings? They're fighting for playoff positioning and hoping to avoid the play-in.

30 minutes ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Bickley Blast: Something feels very different with Devin Booker and the Suns

On the latest Bickley Blast, Dan Bickley asks if a Devin Booker trade request is in the near future.

14 hours ago

(L-R) Ish Wainright #12, Isaiah Thomas #4, Drew Eubanks #14 and David Roddy #21 of the Phoenix Suns...

Damon Allred

Isaiah Thomas: ‘The world knows how scary’ Phoenix Suns can be in playoffs

Isaiah Thomas joined Burns & Gambo on Thursday to talk about the final week of the regular season and the fight for postseason positioning.

1 day ago

Karl-Anthony Towns posts up Kevin Durant...

Damon Allred

Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns expected to make return before regular season finale vs. Suns

Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns is on track to return from a torn meniscus on Friday when the Wolves match up against the Atlanta Hawks.

1 day ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Bickley Blast: Can a Phoenix Suns playoff run can force this team to reconcile its issues?

Despite the bad vibes surrounding the Phoenix Suns, Dan Bickley debates if an NBA playoff run can be the determining factor in what makes or breaks this team's underlying issues.

1 day ago

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts as he walks past Kevin Durant #35 during the first half ...

Kellan Olson

Suns show same bad vibes, do barely enough to beat depleted Clippers

The Phoenix Suns were gifted a depleted Los Angeles Clippers squad on Wednesday the night after a terrible loss to L.A.

2 days ago

Kelly Oubre Jr.’s Instagram is freaking out some Suns fans