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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

“In fact,” Torre said, “one of the ironic things about him is that you might say, ‘Well aren’t you bothered by all of this (negative) press?’ And one of the approaches that he takes is, let everybody talk while we’re working. He wants to get away with his entire plan with as little interference as possible. If people think he’s silly and he’s stupid and doesn’t know what he’s doing, that’s honestly to his advantage. (Within) the league, there is a certain kind of moral repulsion. People don’t like the fact that teams aren’t prioritizing winning. That seems like an affront to what sports are all about. CBSSports.com

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It’s unlikely Hinkie would look to trade any of the team’s young core, such as Jerami Grant, K.J. McDaniels (though McDaniels will become a restricted free agent after this season), Robert Covington, Tony Wroten, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams unless a team meets his asking price. An NBA source said he expects the Sixers to make a few relatively minor trades, but that they probably won’t happen until closer to Thursday’s deadline because that’s when teams get serious. The Intelligencer

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