HoopsHype Sam Hinkie rumors

September 3, 2013 Updates

Hinkie said that’s what he hopes to hear and he loves “that we have players here now who are itching to compete every night” and wants guys willing to work hard to develop and maximize their abilities. “Several guys on this team are very talented,” he said. “Several guys have more game in them than we’ve seen to date and are itching for a chance to try.” Hinkie’s expectations for the season are “that we lay some things for our foundation, evaluate and learn about all of our own players, and try to make each of them better. The only thing that will make us better is to continue to improve.” The Intelligencer

August 31, 2013 Updates

The 76ers aren't done adding players. General manager Sam Hinkie said he will make roster moves "in a lot of ways" in the weeks leading up next month's training camp. "In training camp, you can have up to 20 players," Hinkie said. "I'm not the kind of guy that you can say that likes to miss out on opportunities. The chance to have 20 is another chance to learn more about people." Philadelphia Inquirer

August 30, 2013 Updates

Hinkie refuted a popular perception that he would like to trade a veteran (likely Thaddeus Young, who is set to make $9.2 million in 2014-15) to create even more cap space after the Sixers should have two lottery picks as high as Nos. 1 and 6 in the draft. “We have the most cap space (next summer) in the league right now,” Hinkie said. “I wouldn’t say we necessarily have a need for a whole lot more. We have a lot to work with.” Bucks County Courier Times

Q: The coaching search lasted longer than many expected, perhaps even you. Was part of the delay due to the fact that there may have been some candidates who weren't willing to oversee a total rehaul? Sam Hinkie: I would say things largely progressed as I would have anticipated. Finding the right guy was always the priority, and when we did in Brett Brown we moved forward. Our first interviews were in Las Vegas in mid-July when I went out there for the summer league, just after the Orlando Summer League. It was a solid week of interviews. Then there were a few more to follow and then some more. I was focused immensely on finding who was the best fit for what we were looking to do. Philadelphia Inquirer

Q: You don't have an assistant GM, and longtime NBA guys like Doug Collins and Rod Thorn and Tony DiLeo are now gone. Before you hired Brett Brown, who are some of the people who were helping with personnel decisions? A: We have a talented staff that's been working real hard, behind the scenes, that people don't see. Courtney Witte is our director of player personnel and we have scouts and we are taking note of things we've done personnel-wise. We will continue to look for organization people and we want ones that make good decisions. Philadelphia Inquirer

August 29, 2013 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers are an odd case. While they have just $40 million in contracts on their books, they are still technically over the $58.7 million salary cap. The combination of unsigned first-round draft picks Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams, the $5.1 million TPE for Jrue Holiday, the cap holds for free agents Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins and Charles Jenkins, and the Sixers’ MLE and BAE all total to $19.4 million — putting the Sixers’ cap number at $59.4 million. It is inevitable that Philadelphia will end up under the cap, assuming Ivey, Wilkins or Jenkins signs with another NBA team. In the meantime, the Sixers recently used part of the Holiday TPE to acquire Tony Wroten Jr. from the Memphis Grizzlies — not cap room. HoopsWorld

August 17, 2013 Updates

With so many changes and new GM Sam Hinkie overseeing the rebuilding process, Turner, who is heading into the fourth and final guaranteed year of his rookie contract, realizes there are no guarantees that he’ll remain a Sixer even until the end of the season. “All I can worry about is being better,” Turner said. “I just don’t want to let these type of situations deter the fun I have with the game. Everything that’s been going on this summer has been about chess moves and money and all that. At the end of the day, it’s about playing basketball.” phillyburbs.com

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July 30, 2013 Updates

The Sixers have the most salary-cap space in the NBA, and all signs point to their making more trades. "We will be an attractive trading partner for teams around the league all year - not just for players, but for the cap room that we have," Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said. The team is about $16.6 million under the $58.679 million salary cap for this season. It could have as much as $36 million available next summer. "That kind of flexibility will give us real options," Hinkie added. Philadelphia Inquirer

July 29, 2013 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers' head coaching opening on Monday and has emerged as a serious candidate for the job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Philadelphia general manager Sam Hinkie has moved deliberately on the search, interviewing multiple candidates, but Vanterpool has risen into legitimate consideration, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

July 28, 2013 Updates

He said he is happy for Gersson Rosas, Sam Hinkie and Arturas Karnisovas, who have left or will leave the Rockets and their positions as Morey's top personnel assistants for greater positions around the NBA. All had earned their new positions, Morey said. He just would not view their success as a measure of his. "I don't feel we accomplished much, yet," Morey said. "I'll take more pride when we've actually had more results than before. "It's a results league. It should be. Everyone, including ourselves, will be looking at what should be a step forward this year in hopefully a big way. … I'm trying to make sure we actually have some results before we get too excited." Houston Chronicle

The trick, of course, is making sure your opinion of market value is smarter than the next guy's. That takes a while, and a lot of shucking, to find out. Ownership has bet heavily on Hickie's brains, but we are years away from judging the wisdom of that wager. "I'm only trying to do what I think is right, and that's build something that the owners want and that I think the fans want. I want to build something that is lasting, and that is special with a capital S," Hinkie said. Philadelphia Inquirer

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