By By Eric Mullin | NBC Sports Philadelphia
Brett Brown has made his first official transactions as interim head of basketball operations.
The Sixers on Wednesday exercised team options on T.J. McConnell and Richaun Holmes, each carrying a $1.6 million value. Both of the contracts are non-guaranteed and don't become guaranteed until January 10, 2019, meaning the Sixers can still waive McConnell or Holmes to create cap space.
Both players will now be entering the final year of their current four-year deals and hit unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2019, unless they're extended. Had the Sixers declined the team options, they would've become restricted free agents this summer.
In his third NBA season, McConnell averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 22.4 minutes. The backup point guard really shined in the Sixers' second-round series against the Celtics, where he was inserted into the starting lineup in Game 4 and powered the Sixers to a win.
While there is some risk with setting up McConnell to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, the Sixers can't afford to tie up any more of their cap space as they shoot for max free agents this...