July 20, 2018 is quickly turning into the day where Phoenix owns today’s NBA news cycle. Not only did the Suns move Jared Dudley to free up $2 million in space to Brooklyn, but we also found out both Davon Reed and Shaquille Harrison will plan on being a part of the main roster next season.
Now, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania, Phoenix has acquired Richaun Holmes from Philadelphia for just cash considerations.
Phoenix will send cash considerations to Philadelphia for Holmes, league sources said. https://t.co/vWbjuM4LXu— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 20, 2018
With the incoming arrival of Jonah Bolden, who spent last season as a draft-and-stash in Maccabi Tel Aviv, Holmes was set up as the odd man out in Philadelphia’s rotation of bigs.
In 2017-18, Holmes produced in the minutes he was provided. Holmes averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.6 blocks per 15.5 minutes. He will be an ideal fit into Igor Kokoskov’s motion-heavy offense, as he was one of the better passing big men for the Sixers carrying an assist percentage of 12.3%.
For the time being, here’s how the rotation looks like for the Suns’ power forward and center group:
PF - Trevor Ariza, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss
C - Deandre Ayton, Richaun Holmes, Tyson Chandler
Unless Phoenix ends up buying out or stretching the final year remaining on Chandler’s contract, that’s a lot of minutes to go around for not enough people. If I had to guess, expect another trade incoming sometime soon.
It’s been a busy day for General Manager Ryan McDonough as he’s now made two trades (Dudley and Holmes) and kept two young rotation pieces around (Harrison and Reed).