Sixers Notes: Wyatt makes a good impression on Sixers GM

Former Owl Khalif Wyatt is third on the 76ers in scoring at 12.2 points per game in Orlando.
Former Owl Khalif Wyatt is third on the 76ers in scoring at 12.2 points per game in Orlando. (JOHN RAOUX / AP)
Posted: July 13, 2013

ORLANDO - Sam Hinkie likes what he sees of Khalif Wyatt in the Orlando Summer League.

"He can really pass," the 76ers general manager said earlier this week about the undrafted guard out of Temple. "We're encouraging him to find other guys some and create plays for other guys. On a team on this level, there are so few guys that can create their own shot. If you are gifted, we are encouraging you to do it for yourself and others.

"Khalif's one of those guys. I think he's done a good job so far. We've been pleased to have him here."

Through four games, Wyatt is tied with first-round pick Michael Carter-Williams for the team lead in steals with eight. He is third in scoring at 12.2 points per game.

Have the Sixers seen enough to give Wyatt a roster spot?

"I think it is early right now," Hinkie said. "But he's done fine. He's been an important part of our team thus far. And we've been pleased.

"We've not been pleased because he is a local guy. We've been pleased because he is doing his best, and done what he needs to do. He has a lot he needs to work on, like all the other players do."

Trade still on hold

The Jrue Holiday-for-Nerlens Noel trade won't become official until Saturday at the earliest.

Wednesday was the first day that NBA deals and free-agent signings could be completed. The recently married Holiday is on his honeymoon, which led to the delay.

The 76ers traded Holiday, an all-star point guard, and acquired the rights to center Noel, the sixth overall pick, in a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans during the NBA draft on June 27.

The Sixers also received the Pelicans' 2014 first-round pick, which is protected from picks one through five, for Holiday and a second-round pick (42d overall) in this year's draft.

The team also acquired Royce White and the rights to Turkish star Furkan Aldemir in a trade with the Houston Rockets.

White's fear of flying and his anxiety issues cause him to panic on planes. He also reportedly wakes up three to four times a night.

White told USA Today he is ready to play in the NBA once the trade becomes official. He just isn't ready to make the 100 or so flights to and from cities for games.

"Hell no," he told the newspaper. "One hundred flights would be like if you're allergic to peanut butter - it'd be like spreading your whole body with it."

Mentor for Carter-Williams?

The Sixers haven't decided if they'll acquire a veteran point guard to mentor Carter-Williams.

"Our free-agent plans are things we are sort of talking through a lot," Hinkie said. "Nothing's set in stone yet. We are open to . . . whatever comes along, whether it's a trade or free agency, either one."

Noel's motivation

ESPN The Magazine reported that Noel wants to wear No. 5 on his jersey as a reminder about the five teams that passed on him in the draft. The only problem is, that's Arnett Moultrie's number. Moultrie said Thursday that he's keeping it.

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