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Richaun Holmes: ‘I love playing here in Sacramento’

The big man has loved his time in Sacramento and the fans, but when it comes to what happens this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent he says, "We'll see what happens."

Richaun Holmes is good at basketball. The big man had his best season as a pro this season with the Kings, averaging 14.2 points (63% from the field), 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks in 29 minutes per game.

Holmes is an unrestricted free agent this summer so his future in Sacramento is certainly in question as he is sure to draw a lot of interest from other teams. Holmes made it clear in his media session with the media on Monday that regardless of what happens he's got nothing but love for Sacramento, its fans and has interest in returning.

"We're going to see what happens. Definitely have a love for Sacramento, what we're trying to build here, what we built this season and definitely have an interest in trying to go beyond that. Just got to wait and see what happens. I’m looking forward to the summer. Looking forward to the opportunity and it's going to be a blessing," he said. "I love playing here in Sacramento. The things that we've been building here these last two years and where I can see the potential of this team going, it’s great. For me, I love Sacramento, have loved playing here every second and definitely want to look to continue that. That never goes unnoticed from me, just the love that Sacramento has for me and things of that sort and the attention and love and everything I receive from the fans since I've been here. None of that goes unnoticed and as we go into the summer, we'll see what happens."

Holmes is the type of hard-nosed player that most teams would love to have, and he couples toughness and aggressiveness with a high basketball IQ. That doesn't mean he is done working to get better. Last summer, he worked on improving his floater and it turned into the glorious push shot we've all come to appreciate. This summer, he plans to work on being more consistent and improving his passing and outside shooting.

"Want to continue to improve as a passer, continue to stretch out to the three-point line, continue working on that. I kind of want to retool my shot a little bit to get more efficient this summer. So definitely going to be in the gym working on that,” he said.

He took just 11 threes this season and only made two of them. In 2016-17 with the Philadelphia 76ers, Holmes averaged 35 percent from three, making 27 of 77 shots. So, the touch is there. It will be interesting to see how much he can improve that.

It is anyone's guess as to what happens with him this summer, but it has been a joy to watch Holmes this season and having him on your team certainly makes you better. He certainly deserves a sizable contract. If this was his last season in Sacramento though he will be missed and I'm sure he will thrive wherever he lands.

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BestHyperboleEver
May 17, 2021 4:47 pm

Richaun is a great guy to have on the team and a fun player to root for. I hope he gets what he wants. But…

”I love it here,” while potentially true, is also exactly what he would/should be saying to maximize his offers. And…

I hope the Kings don’t overpay to keep him.

bjax1
May 17, 2021 4:54 pm

3 years, 33 million? Too much, not enough. Discuss amongst yourselves.

andy_sims
May 17, 2021 5:00 pm
Reply to  bjax1

I have a feeling he’ll be offered more, since there aren’t a ton of marquee free agents in this summer’s class. That seems like a good number to me, though.

HongKongKingsFan
May 17, 2021 5:05 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

McNair is a value buyer..and I think around 10 million is the max for Holmes, if he wants more than 10 million, then let him go…

andy_sims
May 18, 2021 8:07 am

People don’t buy cheap shit because they love it. They buy it because they can’t afford the good stuff.

“Value buyer.” Ironically, that’s rich.

BestHyperboleEver
May 17, 2021 5:17 pm
Reply to  bjax1

I think the max the Kings can pay him is something like $10.5MM per. Or maybe that’s just using an exception.

Kingsguru21
May 17, 2021 6:16 pm

That number is using Holmes Early Bird rights. Which is absolutely an exception.

SneakerKing
May 17, 2021 4:54 pm

Sorry to bring the sads, but….




andy_sims
May 17, 2021 4:55 pm
Reply to  SneakerKing

No offense, but I hate this, and am downvoting it.

Carl
May 17, 2021 5:16 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I hate it just as much, and absolutely expected it.

HongKongKingsFan
May 17, 2021 4:58 pm
Reply to  SneakerKing

WHAT ………………..and WHY ????????????????????????????????

we sucked……………………

andy_sims
May 17, 2021 4:58 pm

Without some kind of roster shakeup, it’s hard to imagine that Holmes won’t get offers beyond what’s possible here. I hold no animosity if he goes for the cash, he earns it.

Which leads to this question: Is there a specific window when teams can do trades once the championship concludes? I’d assume that most teams want to hold off on moves until after draft positions are established, but is there any prohibition on trades once the season ends?

BestHyperboleEver
May 17, 2021 5:14 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Technically, I believe the Kings and other teams that didn’t make the play-ins can start making trades now. I think all teams can make trades as soon as their season is over.

Last edited 1 month ago by BestHyperboleEver
catterj
May 18, 2021 10:36 am

You are correct. CBA FAQ #104

AnybodyButBagley
May 17, 2021 9:40 pm

Holmes is the right guy to pay to be here. His agent is likely going to advise him to leave. Someone can always offer him more than the Kings are willing to give him.

Take the money or stick around and watch the Kangz commit to garbage like Bagley? Holmes is not dumb.

andy_sims
May 18, 2021 8:12 am

Holmes is the right guy to pay to be here. His agent is likely going to advise him to leave. Someone can always offer him more than the Kings are willing to give him.

There’s a difference between willing, and able. I’m assuming that you know the definition of neither.

catterj
May 18, 2021 9:37 am

I haven’t been around here in a while, so I don’t know the current thoughts. But ignoring whether Richaun signs an offer, do people think McNair will even offer the Early Bird? At age 28 next season, I don’t see him as being on the “same timeline” as Fox and Haliburton. Has something come from McNair or Vivek that indicates they want to deviate from those initial comments?

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