Kings Sign Richaun Holmes To Two-Year Deal

JULY 16: The Kings have officially signed Holmes, the club announced today in a press release.

JULY 1: The Kings and big man Richaun Holmes have reached an agreement on a two-year deal worth $10MM, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Based on the reported terms of Holmes’ new deal and the other agreements the Kings have finalized during free agency, it appears likely that he’ll receive the team’s $4.8MM room exception.

Holmes, 25, spent his first three NBA seasons in Philadelphia before being sent from the Sixers to Suns a year ago. He averaged 8.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 1.1 BPG in 70 games (16.9 MPG) as a regular part of Phoenix’s frontcourt rotation.

The Kings have now reached agreements with four outside veteran free agents in addition to bringing back their own free agent forward Harrison Barnes on a four-year deal.

As our free agent tracker shows, Cory Joseph, Trevor Ariza, and Dewayne Dedmon will also be joining the club once they can officially sign contracts this weekend.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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12 thoughts on “Kings Sign Richaun Holmes To Two-Year Deal

  1. x%sure

    Getting Holmes and Dedmon instead of Cousins and missing on the 4/110 or whatever for Horford, and getting Ariza & Joseph, good choosing & luck by Vlade, or is it Joe Dumars’ influence?
    Then there’s 4/85 Barnes, basically last year’s mistake extended.

    • schnoah

      How can you figure Barnes is a mistake? He is a perfect 3 and D guy. Shoots 40% from 3 plays elite D is only 27, athletic and fits the timeline. He is a very good signing at 21 mil per and it’s a declining contract which gets more valuable to team as year goes on

      • x%sure

        He’s an island and the team declined after trading for him. Less than 2 assts and 5 rebounds per game, and below average 13PER– Wiggins gets crucified for these numbers. Looks good but not quick mentally. He can guard 3s and 4s but actually has minus numbers defensively.

        Only difference with Wiggins is he’s a 2 or 3 and has an even worse deal and MIN is stuck with it. Vlade could have gotten out of Barnes and spent it on Oubre, Layman, Aminu, Hood, or Shumpert who they won with.

        • kylewait89

          Barnes was actually an improved player for the Kings. Was more efficient while dropping his usage rate quite a bit. He’s never been a huge assist guy. No one ever claimed he would be but the ball doesn’t die at his hands. His usage rate was 16%. For a team that has two high usage players in Fox and Hield, they need him to be exactly what he was last year. A 40% 3 point shooter who makes the defense better. With Bagley likely taking up more shots it’s a perfect lineup to have Fox/Hield/Barnes/Bagley/Dedmon. Even if I’m not a fan of Dedmon. Bench being Bogdanovic, Joseph, Ariza, Bjelica, Holmes, Giles. Have to imagine Ferrell and Mason are on their way out. This is a playoff team. And that’s something Sacramento has been needing.

          • Giantsfan775

            I like your assessment. Kings will find stiff competition in the improved and deepened western conference. But I definitely think they can build on last season and contend for a 7 or 8 seed.

            I am also curious to see if Kyle Guy makes the team out of training camp. He’s a nice shooter, and I think could be a valuable piece on an interesting bench. As a lifetime Kings fan, I guess I am cautiously optimistic about what I see right now in Sac. Definitely trending upward though.

    • sportznut1000

      bah, i completely disagree with barnes being a mistake. who else could the kings get at the 3? listening to the local sacramento radio station last week they were coming up with the kings all decade team. so at the 3 the starter was rudy gay. for the 2nd team the radio hosts couldnt come up with anyone. NOBODY in last 10 years has been better or even close to rudy gay at the 3. small forwards do not come to the kings. so unless they were going to move bogdanovich from SG to SF, overpaying harrison barnes is their only option to have a decent 3 for the next 4 years. bjelica is the other option

  2. Twosevens916

    I think these moves are all solid. We got hosed by paying so much for Barnes but this will set us up to make the playoffs I think. Under the radar moves with above average results.

    We have to prove ourself as a team before bigger market names will come over to finalize a good team.

    • kylewait89

      They only really bad move was Joseph. It’s a lot for a backup. Ariza is a vet. I get it. Don’t like it but it has purpose. Joseph is a highly paid backup who isn’t even the first guy off the bench. Kind of the George Hill Contract all over again.

      • x%sure

        Joseph is a coach’s favorite, you can send him out there to do different various things to disrupt an opponent. But true, he did get overpaid and he’s not getting any better.

        Hey George Hill got another George Hill Contract! lol He has that knack for it

        • TyroneShoelaces7

          Barnes is like our 5th option and he gets us 15 and 5 and plays defense. I’m not sure about that complaint with the way our salaries are structured.

          • x%sure

            Your 5th option is making the most money, and by FO choice. If Holmes started, he would have better numbers, though, I doubt he is an intended starter.

            Holmes already does have better prorated numbers… A better eFG%, effective shooting percentage. And per 36′, more points, assists, steals, and many more rebounds & blocks. Much higher PER, net rtg, box+/-. Basically Holmes is a quality backup while Barnes is overpaid athletic rubbish who does not care.
            link to basketball-reference.com

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