Longtime exec Thorn expected to join Wizards as advisor

Rod Thorn has served as an executive with the 76ers, as well as in the league office.

Hall of Famer and former league office executive Rod Thorn is expected to join the Washington Wizards in an advisory role, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Thorn, 78, has been serving as a consultant for the Milwaukee Bucks since 2015.

He served as the league’s vice president of basketball operations under then-commissioner David Stern from 1986-2000, then became president of the Philadelphia 76ers.

After his time with the Sixers, Thorn return to the league office as president of basketball operations in 2013. He served that role until 2015. He also chaired the USA Basketball committee during the original Dream Team era and was general manager of the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan was drafted in 1983.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 1963 draft, Thorn spent time as a 6-foot-4 shooting guard with the Baltimore Bullets, Detroit Pistons, St. Louis Hawks and was an expansion pick of the Seattle SuperSonics. Like NBA legend Jerry West, Thorn is a West Virginia native and played college ball at West Virginia University.

The Wizards recently hired Tommy Sheppard as their new general manager.

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