Holmes was traded to the Suns on Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but the 76ers will receive some amount of cash considerations in exchange for Holmes, per Charania. Holmes appeared in 48 games and averaged 15.5 minutes per game with the 76ers last season, and while he typically played well when given the chance, his opportunities were somewhat sporadic with Joel Embiid entrenched as the No. 1 center. The writing may have been on the wall after Philadelphia acquired Mike Muscala from Atlanta on Thursday, and Holmes will now head to a Suns team that also has a fair amount of depth at center. Rookie Deandre Ayton figures to have a strong grasp on the starting job, while veteran Tyson Chandler will battle Marquese Chriss -- as well as Holmes -- for reserve minutes. The 24-year-old is under contract for just over $1.6 million in 2018-19.
Though he saw his playing time tail off a bit in his third NBA season after the 76ers added veteran big man Amir Johnson to the roster and and had Joel Embiid suit up for a career-high 63 games, Holmes proved to be a quality reserve in the frontcourt, averaging 6.5 points (on 56 percent shooting from the field), 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.5 minutes per contest. While Holmes doesn't project to see much of an enhanced role in 2018-19, the limited financial investment likely made it an easy decision for the 76ers to pick up his option.
Holmes accounted for six points (3-4 FG), two rebounds, two assists and one block during Friday's 132-130 win over Cleveland.
Holmes played merely well in his 15 minutes of action Friday, converting 75 percent of his field-goal attempts on his way to six points off the bench. The former second round pick out of Bowling Green State is averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds during his third season in the NBA.
Holmes recorded 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists and four blocks across 27 minutes during a 121-95 win over the Nets on Tuesday.
Holmes put forth a solid all-around effort in Tuesday's blowout victory. The four blocks marked a new season high for him. Holmes has been inconsistent since Joel Embiid (eye) got injured, and he received a few extra minutes in this game due to the fact that it was a blowout.
Holmes provided 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 118-101 win over the Knicks.
Holmes reached double figures in scoring for the first time since Feb. 14 while seeing 20-plus minutes for the first time since Feb. 24. The early departure of Joel Embiid (facial contusion) and absence of Amir Johnson (illness) opened the door for Holmes to make an impact, and he capitalized on the opportunity. If either (or both) of the other aforementioned 76er centers are forced to sit out of Friday's tilt with the Hawks, Holmes would project to see decent minutes once again.
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