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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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Former Sixer Jonah Bolden reportedly signing 10-day contract with Suns

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Former Sixer Jonah Bolden reportedly signing 10-day contract with Suns

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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Jonah Bolden waived so Sixers can make space for Norvel Pelle

Jonah Bolden waived so Sixers can make space for Norvel Pelle

The fallout from yesterday’s trade deadline is still being felt as Jonah Bolden’s tenure as a Sixer has ended and two-way player Norvel Pelle will return to the NBA team.

Bolden was waived by the team Friday to allow for Pelle’s contract to be converted to a full NBA deal. Bolden wasn't with the team in Milwaukee ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

Pelle's deal will be for the rest of this season and next season. If he is not waived by July 6, his contract will be guaranteed for the 2020-21 season, per a team source.

As a two-way player, Pelle was only allowed to spend 45 days with his NBA team. He exhausted his time with the Sixers on Jan. 22 in Toronto and has been stashed in Delaware since. During Joel Embiid's nine-game absence while recovering from a torn ligament in the ring finger on his left hand, Pelle served as the team's backup center over the likes of veteran Kyle O'Quinn. Brett Brown has said that Pelle brings something different with his ability to run rim to rim — offering shot blocking and the ability to screen, roll and finish on the other end.

Pelle, 27, is a native of Antigua and Barbuda and has been on quite the winding path to get to the NBA. A top recruit out of high school, Pelle had eligibility issues and opted to start his professional career early with the then-Delaware 87ers. His career took him to Taiwan, Beirut, Italy and then back to Delaware last season. The team saw enough to offer him a two-way deal ahead of this campaign.

Around this time last season, we were talking about Bolden as a possibility to back up Embiid as the team had exhausted several options. Ultimately, Bolden was probably ill-suited for that role at 6-foot-8 and around 220 pounds. Still, he had flashes in his rookie season and showed promise that he could become a legitimate NBA player.

He played in just four NBA games this season, getting meaningful minutes in only one. He’s spent the bulk of his time in the G League playing for the Blue Coats.

Bolden’s path to the Sixers wasn’t a straight line, either. He was drafted by then-GM Bryan Colangelo in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. The Australia native came from overseas for his senior year of high school and then went on to play for UCLA. He redshirted his first year and decided to drop out after having a minimal role his redshirt freshman year.

He then went on to play professionally in Serbia and was named the ABA League Top Prospect during his first season. After he was drafted by the Sixers, he went on to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. After a strong season there, Bolden signed with the Sixers in July of 2018.

Bolden has the makings of a useful, modern NBA player. He’s proven at times to be a capable three-point shooter and a long, versatile defender. He just fell victim to the numbers game.

As for Pelle, the Sixers have the option they wanted behind Embiid and Al Horford in a full capacity.

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