Report: 76ers hire Hinkie as new president, GM
Posted May 10, 2013 4:53 PM - Updated May 10, 2013 5:19 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have hired Sam Hinkie as team president and general manager.
The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal is not official. Hinkie, a former Houston Rockets assistant general manager, was the top choice by owner Joshua Harris to oversee the rebuilding of the beleaguered franchise.
Tony DiLeo is out after one full season as Sixers general manager. He was with the organization for 22 years, and was widely credited - and now blamed - for orchestrating the botched deal for center Andrew Bynum. Hinkie must now hire a coach after Doug Collins resigned following three seasons.
Philadelphia went to the playoffs in Collins' first two seasons, and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. But with Bynum injured all season, the 76ers stumbled to a 34-48 finish this season.
Collins has remained with the franchise as an adviser, and has one year left on his original four-year deal worth $4.5 million, but is now in the background of a major reconstruction project that Harris, Hinkie and a new coach will tackle.
Bynum never played for the Sixers because of bone bruises in both knees. He insisted from training camp he would play this season, only to shut it down for good on March 18 and undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees. Bynum earned $16.5 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Bynum is one of six free agents for the Sixers, who are devoid of any real assets. Jrue Holiday was an All-Star in his third full season and joined Wilt Chamberlain as the two players in the franchise's 50-year history to average more than 17 points and eight assists for an entire season.
Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are solid assets. But those two standouts - along with Holiday - weren't enough to help lead the Sixers back to the postseason.
I know the blow back from the Bynum deal was bad, but to fire a guy who worked for you for 22 years after one full season as GM is surprising. That being said the 76ers did need a change and hopefully Hinkie can help restore the 76ers to a respectable Eastern Conference playoff team.
Draft Steven Adams and you'll forget all about Bynum.
Trading away Iguadola, Vucevic, Harkless and a draft pick for Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson was the worst trade in recent memory...The only positive thing they can take away from this is CAP Space in the form of Bynum, Wright and Nick Young...Trouble is there aren't any Free Agents that could/would turn the Team around over night minus Chris Paul or Dwight Howard, whom I doubt would consider signing anyway...
Maybe we hit a home run in the draft and free agency
I want an upside pick like KCP with the 11th pick to play SG
I want us to sign PF Al Jefferson for 4 yrs/40 million dollars and maybe try to trade for a defensive C like Varejoe
I'm starting to believe we should trade Evan Turner for an athletic 3 and D player like Jimmy Butler to play SF
Sixers Starters- Holiday, KCP, Turner or Butler, Jefferson, Varejoe
Bench- T.Young, Hawes and Moultrie...We'd need to get a great combo G so maybe we reach out to Jerryd Bayless to play that role
I agree with everything you said pretty much. I would love to see them pick KCP if he doesn't shoot up the draftboard Dion Waiters style. They need a lot of help offensively and they obviously need some upgrade at Center. Turner surely has value in the league and trading him for Jimmy Butler might be a little ambitious but I would hope they could acquire a starting level SF like Corey Brewer in free agency at the least. They could possibly try to move Turner for a younger piece like John Henson or someone with solid defensive potential. I have been saying Al Jefferson would be a good fit for a while now but I'm not sure what type of salary he will command. Sixers have a history of overpaying Big men past their prime and I would like them to air on the side of caution.
Maybe the new GM will come in and gut the whole team except Holiday and Thad. If you are going to have a really bad season next year is the year to do it so you can join in on the Wiggins, Randle, Parker sweepstakes.
I see us drafting in the Top 5 next year...
This off season is all about drafting 1 Upside player like KCP, McCollum, Shabbazz, Saric or Goodwin to play on the wing to provide some scoring
Free Agency could bite us on the ass to be honest...We owe it to ourselves to reach out to Dwight Howard, but when he declines our offer we have to look at other options at Pf/C, Al Jefferson is the only guy I like at 10 million a year over the next 4 years, and I'd still want to play him at Pf next to a defensive C like Anderson Varejoe or Andrew Bogut who we would have to trade for...
The only players on contract for next year are Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thad Young, Arnett Moultrie, Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen and Jason Richardson (Who we could buy out) That's not a lot of talent to be honest, and even if we land Al Jefferson and Varejoe/Bogut we still might not be a lock for the playoffs...
Steven Adams has the potential to be a Tyson Chandler like player. That is best case scenario though because he has no offensive game. He put up some of the worst shots I had seen all season. His post game makes Jeff Withey look like Kareem.
He could be worth a late lottery pick based on his defensive potential and NBA size and athleticism. He can run the floor pretty well but he just doesn't have enough basketball instincts for me. The Sixers need way too much help offensively to take a defensive project big man at this point.
DiLeo has been with the Sixers for a while but they haven't won anything outside of one Eastern Conference championship since he had been there. They really need some fresh blood in the front office to go with the fresh blood in the management. Management has done a good job since taking over but it was the Bynum trade that killed this team. How can you trade your best player and 2 great young assets for a player on the last year of his contract who wasn't even ready to play? If DiLeo was really the person to blame for making the deal he certainly should have lost his job whether he had it for 22 years or 1.
The 76ers have cap space and a young core so they could rebuild fairly quickly, getting the right person in as Head Coach could be the key move. Sam Hinkie looks like he has been given total front office power for his first lead job but had 8 years at Houston and being part of the Morey team could mean he knows his stuff.