The Phoenix Suns are miraculously just five games out of a playoff spot, but their chances of a late postseason push were diminished Thursday when the worst was confirmed for one of their standout performers.
He's expected to receive a second opinion on the injury before formally opting for surgery.
The Suns extended Oubre Jr. last summer to a two-year deal worth $30 million. The 24-year-old started 55 of the 56 games he played in this season to achieve career-best averages in scoring (18.7) and rebounds (6.4).
Oubre, who has statistically progressed in each of his five NBA seasons, was slowly developing into one of the league's most dynamic young fowards this year. He's not afraid to pull the trigger from behind the arc, but he made his living this season with nasty finishes at the rim. Just ask Rudy Gobert.
Unfortunately, Injuries have spoiled what could have been a special year for the Suns. If they can manage to run it back next season with DeAndre Ayton, Devin Booker and Oubre all at full health, however, they'll have their chance to make noise again.