Richaun Holmes stays with Kings with 4-year, $55 million deal
The Sacramento Kings have accomplished one of their main priorities in the offseason: retaining the services of big man Richaun Holmes.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Holmes has agreed to a four-year deal worth $55 million to re-sign with the Kings. There is also a player option and a trade kicker in his contract.
Free agent center Richaun Holmes has agreed to a four-year deal worth as much as $55 million to return to the Sacramento Kings, his agency Par-Lay Sports & Entertainment (@parlay_se) tells @TheAthletic @Stadium. Deal includes player option and trade kicker.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2021
Richaun Holmes is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he was expected to get several suitors after his big 2020-21 campaign with the Kings.
In 61 games (all starts) in the past season, Holmes put up 14-2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 blocks–which are all career-highs for the 27-year-old. The Dallas Mavericks were one of the interested teams in signing the rising center, but Sacramento made sure that wouldn’t happen.
Aside from Holmes, the Kings also brought back Moe Harkless on a two-year, $9 million deal.
It remains to be seen what other moves the Kings will make in free agency. Sacramento isn’t thrown around in a lot of free agency rumors, though they could certainly make a run for a few free agents through sign-and-trades given the players they have on the roster.
It’s likely, however, that the team retains its core and continue to develop De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, Tyrese Haliburton and rookie Davion Mitchell.