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Philadelphia 76ers: Trading Richaun Holmes for cash was a mistake

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Since having his contract cashed in by the Philadelphia 76ers, Richaun Holmes has played for two teams, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings.

Signed to serve as a defensive foil for former second overall pick Marvin Bagley – who, get this, was actually drafted before both Luka Doncic and Trae Young – Holmes earned his first start in the purple and black in the team’s fifth game of the 2019-20 season and remained in that role until a torn labrum cost the former second-rounder 25 games. Though Holmes did eventually make it back to the court, returning for the Kings’ March 7th bout against the Portland Trail Blazers, his comeback would be short-lived, as the season was halted one day later and would not resume until the end of July.

Had Holmes been allowed to hit the free agent market then and there, he surely would have been handed a handsome raise for his improved play, but fortunately for the fine folks of California’s capital city, the 27-year-old Lockport, Illinois native still had a year left to play on his contract and room to expand his game even further. Holmes has recorded 15 double-doubles, eight games with 20 or more points scored, and three games where he recorded five or more blocks.

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