Jonah Bolden has reportedly found his next NBA opportunity.
The 24-year-old Australian is signing a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. On Friday, the Sixers had waived Bolden so they could make space to sign Norvel Pelle to an NBA contract.
The 21-33 Suns are coached by Monty Williams, the Sixers’ lead assistant coach last season. Phoenix also has Dario Saric (currently out with an ankle sprain), who briefly overlapped with Bolden before being dealt to Minnesota as part of the Sixers’ trade for Jimmy Butler. Bolden’s countryman Aron Baynes is on the Suns, too, though he’s been sidelined by left hip soreness.
The Suns are very shorthanded in the frontcourt at the moment, with DeAndre Ayton and Frank Kaminsky also injured.
Bolden only appeared in four NBA games for the Sixers this season after a rookie year in which he showed flashes of athleticism and shooting ability when called upon as an undersized backup center. He didn’t have a role on the current team, with Pelle preferred as a rim protector and no pressing need for additional stretch fours.
The team selected him 36th in the 2017 NBA draft, and he played one season with Israeli club Macabbi Tel Aviv before joining the Sixers.
A team can sign a player to as many as two 10-day contracts in a season, at which point it needs to decide whether to sign the player for the rest of the year or move on.
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