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Sixers officially exercise team option on TJ McConnell

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Back on May 11th, former Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo told the media that the Sixers would be picking up their team option on TJ McConnell’s contract.

Today, the Sixers have made it official. From Sixers’ PR:

PHILADELPHIA – JUNE 13, 2018 – Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year options on the contracts of guard T.J. McConnell and forward-center Richaun Holmes. By exercising their options, these players will be under contract with the 76ers for the 2018-19 season.

McConnell originally signed with the 76ers in September 2015, following a four-year collegiate career at Duquesne and Arizona. Since his NBA debut in 2015-16, no NBA player has recorded more steals in a reserve role than McConnell’s 203. His 697 assists off the bench over the past three seasons are second in the league, behind only Dallas’ J.J. Barea. He has appeared in 238 games (69 starts) over his three seasons with the 76ers, averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 22.9 minutes per game. Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, McConnell saw his three-point percentage jump from .200 to .435.

On Feb. 12, 2018 vs. New York, McConnell posted 10 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and six steals as he became the first 76er ever to post a triple-double off the bench (teammate Markelle Fultz accomplished the feat weeks later). In Philadelphia’s Game 4 Eastern Conference Semifinal victory over Boston, McConnell drew his first career playoff start and posted 19 points (9-12 FG), the most he’s totaled in a game in his NBA tenure.

This news comes after Michael Scotto of The Athletic reported this morning that the Sixers would be exercising Richaun Holmes’ team option.

TJ will earn $1.6 million in the ‘18-’19 season on a non-guaranteed contract.

Options all around!

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