Sixers to pick up team option on McConnell

The 76ers plan on picking up the option on T.J. McConnell's contract for the 2018-19 season.

The Philadelphia 76ers are planning on picking up the team option on guard T.J. McConnell for the 2018-19 season.

Team president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo told reporters Friday the Sixers intend to pick up the option, worth $1,600,520.

The 26-year-old McConnell just completed his third consecutive season as part of the rotation for Philadelphia. He averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 76 games, shooting 49.9 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from the 3-point line and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Expected to be the third point guard for Philadelphia behind Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, McConnell became an important player for the 76ers when Fultz played in just 14 regular-season games because of injury.

In the 76ers’ two playoff series, against Miami and Boston, McConnell shot a blistering 69.4 percent from the field, making 25 of 36 field-goal attempts in the 10 games against the Heat and the Celtics.

With Philadelphia picking up the option on McConnell’s deal for next season, he will be headed toward unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2019.