Jonah Bolden signs four-year deal with Philadelphia 76ers
|Peter Munt||Jul 21, 2018|
Jonah Bolden's dream of playing in the NBA is a step closer after the Philadelphia 76ers signed him to a 4-year deal, per Yahoo's Shams Charnia. The deal is reported to include a 3rd and 4th year team option.
Sixers 2017 second-rounder Jonah Bolden has agreed to a four-year, $7M rookie deal with Philadelphia, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Deal includes team options.
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Measuring in at 6-foot-10, Bolden is a modern-day textbook big. He may need to add strength and size to his frame, but his lateral quickness and shot blocking instincts could see him impact the floor on the defensive end. He fits the style of the play the 76ers look to employ of positionless basketball.
Bolden was selected with the 36th pick in the 2017 draft and showed plenty of promise in the 2017 NBA Summer League.
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After not making the 76ers 2017/18 roster, he signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he played in 29 Euroleague games last season.
Bolden shot 31.9 percent on 2.5 three-point attempts per game. As seen in his past Summer League, he needs to make some tweaks to his jumper, but he looks capable of offering spacing at the five spot.
Entering the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas there was an air of expectation that Bolden would continue to see his stock rise, but inconsistencies in his game appeared - this may have come down to a long season in the Euroleague. If this is the case, then a couple of months rest could be the best thing for the big man.
We saw some improvements and changes to his game from 12 months before though; Bolden showed the ability to handle the ball in transition and make fast, quality decisions when distributing the ball.
According to Yahoo's Shams Charnia, Richaun Holmes has been traded to the Phoenix Suns to make way Bolden on the 76ers roster.