The Sixers waived Bolden after shuffling their roster a bit at the trade deadline. With two players coming in (Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III) and only draft picks going out, plus the conversion of Norvel Pelle’s contract from a two-way deal to a standard NBA contact, the front office and coaching staff had to decide on three roster casualties, one being Bolden and the others being Trey Burke and James Ennis III.
Bolden spent the last two seasons with the Sixers after being drafted by a Bryan Colangelo-led front office in the 2017 NBA Draft. His ranginess as a big made him an intriguing prospect but he was never able to escape Brett Brown’s dog house, partly because of his inconsistent play and partly because he was a raw, young player who needed patience and playing time the Sixers couldn’t grant him due to Championship aspirations of their own. In 48 career appearances with the Sixers, Bolden averaged 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds.
The Suns make a lot of sense for Bolden. For starters, Suns head coach Monty Williams was a Sixers assistant coach before heading to Phoenix last summer, so there’s familiarity between him and Bolden. The Suns aren’t mathematically eliminated from playoff contention but it’s very unlikely they get in. They could focus primarily on player development after the All-Star break, which could provide Bolden some opportunity.