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Philly exercises team-option on T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes

TJ McConnell, Richaun Holmes, Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers have exercised options in guard T.J. McConnell and forward/center Richaun Holmes, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Both players will have a $1.6 million guaranteed contract next season with the Sixers.

The Sixers honored their promise of keeping McConnell on the roster, known to be a spark plug off the bench and a capable floor general when on the court. The Arizona product isn’t a marksman from distance or a particularly strong or agile guard, but he has made a niche in this league with his motor and tenacity — making him a locker room and fan favorite from the onset.

Holmes has been perhaps the best insurance policy to Joel Embiid the Sixers could ask for in the last two seasons, often drawing starts in his place, now with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor out of town, having cleared the center logjam at the position.

The former second-rounder has also played alongside Embiid when Dario Saric has been out with an injury, giving the team another dimension.

The Sixers are bound to hit the ground running this offseason, hoping to piggyback off a successful playoff run and acquire even more talent with the 10th pick in the draft, having put the Bryan Colangelo scandal behind them with a trustworthy Brett Brown at the helm of basketball operations in an interim basis.