The fourth-year big man saw his most extensive run of preseason and took advantage of it, posting an exhibition-best 12 points in the process. Holmes has hauled in at least five boards in three of five games thus far as well, and he figures in for a consistent role in the frontcourt rotation behind starting power forward Ryan Anderson come the regular season, as well as a reserve option at center.
Holmes totaled five points (1-1 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three blocks, and one assist in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 91-86 preseason victory over the New Zealand Breakers.
Holmes saw 14 minutes as the backup center Wednesday and flashed his fantasy upside with a solid performance. He has shown his ability to put up numbers when afforded playing time in the past but he simply cannot earn himself a large enough role. He is going to be coming off the bench behind both DeAndre Ayton and Tyson Chandler to begin the season and is more of a deeper league option. Chander could be limited or dealt as the season progresses but until then Holmes is simply too risky to own.
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.
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