Holiday trade in holding pattern

Posted: July 12, 2013

ORLANDO - The New Orleans Pelicans held a news conference yesterday to introduce one of their new players. That player wasn't Jrue Holiday, though, it was Tyreke Evans. The Pelicans couldn't mention Holiday's name because the trade with the Sixers that eventually will bring Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick to Philadelphia still hasn't been finalized.

"Could be sometime early next week," said one source.

The problem seems to be that Holiday is still on his honeymoon. Something apparantly has to be completed with him present, whether it be a physical or signing paperwork. So don't expect any Noel introduction (most likely not at the Constitution Center) anytime soon, at least not until early next week.

Thorn outta here

Though his role was going to be a pretty lucrative and non-stressful one, Rod Thorn decided he's still too young to settle into his Naples, Fla., home and take an occasional phone call from the Sixers in an advisory position.

Instead, he took a job as president of basketball operations for the NBA.

"I've loved my time in Philadelphia and enjoyed everything about it," said Thorn, 72. "I'm not ready to retire, and as a consultant, that's more a part-time thing. This gives me an opportunity to get back to doing something I did once upon a time before, and I think it's a terrific opportunity for me, and I'm pretty happy about it. I'll be in charge of anything that has to do with the playing of basketball, the referees to adjudicating players' spats to international stuff to scheduling. Just anything that has to do with the playing of the game."

Instead of spending warm winter days by the beach, he'll be fighting traffic in downtown Manhattan in the cold of winter.

"My feeling was when the end of the year came, I still had a deal to be a consultant for the Sixers for a while, and that I would do that and live in Florida, but that won't be the case," Thorn said. "Not right now. I'm an older guy, obviously, but this has my juices flowing and I'm looking forward to it."

White hot?

The Sixers last week acquired Royce White, the 2012 first-round pick of the Houston Rockets. He didn't play a game last season because of an anxiety disorder that causes him to be terrified of flying.

Taken with the 16th pick out of Iowa State, the 6-8, 270-pound White played in 16 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, of the NBA Development League. He averaged 11.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Whether he'll suit up for the Sixers is anybody's guess. But on ESPN 97.3-FM in South Jersey earlier this week on the Mike Gill and Todd Ranck show, White said: "In [2013-14] I have every desire to [play], every hope, and I'm very confident that I will play and I'll finally get to show what I can do. Hopefully, hopefully.

"It really isn't intricate things. Mental-health support just has to do with being really flexible. A lot of things we asked for, even taking the bus, was something the NBA didn't know if they wanted to allow me to do, because it could be considered a salary-cap infringement."

Stay tuned.

Shubik hired

After 10 seasons with the Sixers, from video intern to being named an assistant coach last season, Monte Shubik has been hired as the director of player services for the Rutgers men's basketball team.

Shubik will be working with Eddie Jordan, who was the Sixers coach for the 2009-10 season.

Game stuff

Arnett Moultrie, who has struggled most of the week, posted 23 points and 12 rebounds, but the Sixers dropped a 90-89 decision to the Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The loss dropped the Sixers to 0-4.

Michael Carter-Williams, going for much of the game against second overall pick Victor Oladipo, filled the score sheet with 11 points, nine assists, eight turnovers and six rebounds, while Oladipo contributed 24 points and six assists for Orlando. He hit the game-winner with a step-back 20-footer with 4.4 seconds to go.

Justin Holiday scored 11 for the Sixers, including two big jumpers down the stretch, and James Sutherland scored 15, all in the first half. Micheal Eric and Arsalan Kazemi both added 11.

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