Richaun Holmes’ return means Sixers are betting on upside
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By Christopher Kline

The Philadelphia 76ers will hold onto the former Bowling Green standout for one more year.

He’s back. The Philadelphia 76ers have picked up the team option for Richaun Holmes‘ 2018-19 season, keeping the big man around for one more season. He’ll make a total of $1.6 million.

Many, including myself, thought the Sixers would move on from Holmes. Looking for a max free agent this summer, clearing up as much cap space as possible will be a priority. Holmes, while inexpensive, saw little playing time last season. He just never earned Brett Brown’s trust.

It seems like the Sixers are willing to bet on Holmes’ upside, though. This is Brown’s first decision as interim GM, which debunks the notion that he has lost faith in Holmes entirely. Holmes’ inconsistent defense was a point of emphasis last season, but his athleticism and ability to play above the rim still have value.

Ben Simmons‘ chemistry with Holmes has always been a positive, dating back to Summer League 2016. Holmes does an excellent job of making strong cuts and playing above the rim, something Simmons can use to his advantage. Amir Johnson, while far more stable defensively, never gave Simmons an above-rim option in the second...

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