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On Feb. 19, Hinkie made three deals that produced point guard Isaiah Canaan, big man JaVale McGee, a pair of protected first-round selections and a second-rounder. Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and rookie K.J. McDaniels went to the Bucks and Rockets, respectively. MCW's departure meant Hollis Thompson is the only Sixer left who played during the first half of the 2013-14 season. He has accumulated 17 second-round picks over the next six drafts and as many as five first-rounders in the next two. All of these moves, while designed to land a star or (ideally) stars, are delaying the rebuilding process. The Intelligencer
"I'm trying to use information to make decisions. The same way you do," Hinkie explained when he was introduced to the media. "You use analytics when you open your iPhone and try to figure out if it's going to rain today. All you're using is lots and lots of data, and it's helping you make an informed decision about whether you should bring an umbrella or not. That's the way I think about it." ESPN.com
Christopher A. Vito: For clarification on an earlier tweet: Sam asked Brett about the MCW trade, and Sam said he thought it was a deal they had to do. Twitter @ChrisVito
Keith Pompey: Hinkie on trading MCW: "The only way we would ever move him was if someone blew us away ... and something came along." Twitter @PompeyOnSixers
Hinkie, 37, does not have a reputation as someone who does in-depth, sit-down interviews. So, just how hard was it to get him to do this one? “Incredibly, incredibly hard,” Torre said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “It was one of those things where, it’s weird. The upshot, I think, for a lot of people is kind of what you hinted at – that they kind of get what the 76ers are actually trying to do, especially behind the scenes. But to Sam, he’s one of these obsessive – you might call him neurotic; I don’t want to get too pejorative – but one of these obsessive guys who’s ironically consumed with winning. So one of the things he does not want is for the market to shift underneath his feet and for people to sort of realize (that) maybe what the Sixers are doing isn’t so insane after all, and maybe we should be competing with them in all of these different avenues that they’re perusing.” CBSSports.com
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