HoopsHype Sam Hinkie rumors

January 15, 2014 Updates

The following is a statement from Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie regarding the status of Sixers center Nerlens Noel. “Since his arrival in Philadelphia, Nerlens' capacity for work both in his rehab and in our weight room has been incredible. Our sports performance and training staff have been extremely complimentary of his efforts thus far during this methodical rehab process. After careful consideration and numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens' representatives, some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work. NBA.com

"There are several benchmarks Nerlens still must meet, and during that time we will closely monitor his progress and regularly evaluate his status. Our goal remains the same, which is to give Nerlens every opportunity to ensure a long, productive NBA career." NBA.com

December 17, 2013 Updates

One guy in sweats walked into the coach’s office, followed by one in a business suit, followed by another in team warmup attire. Who knows, other than those three men, what was said Monday within those four Barclays Center walls. But the visual of 76ers coach Brett Brown heading into his office, trailed by general manager Sam Hinkie and small forward Evan Turner, seemed suspicious. “Nothing much right now,” Hinkie responded, when asked about what’s new on the trade front. Daily Local News

December 1, 2013 Updates

Hinkie is essentially treating this season as a big experiment to see if he can find players capable of being in the rotation as the Sixers (theoretically, at least) improve. If they are extremely fortunate, maybe the Sixers can uncover an impact player along the way. So don’t be surprised if Hinkie waives some players and signs other ones in his search, similar to what he recently did by releasing Darius Morris and Kwame Brown, and signing young guys Eliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown. He could do it again numerous times prior to the mid-April end of the regular season. The Intelligencer

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NBA general manager: "I'm not one of those GMs that subscribes to the tanking theory. You can lose all the games you want, but you're still not guaranteed to get the top pick. Not since 2004 has the team with the most losses won the top pick. The moment you intentionally start trying to tank, and that philosophy gets in your building, it's hard to get it out. Teams that have done that over the years in trying to get the top pick have ended up being in the lottery for nine, 10 years straight. It's one thing if you're doing that in the NFL, where if you've got the worst record you're guaranteed to get the first pick. I could go along with that a little bit. "But what I would expect Sam Hinkie to do is to get on the phone and try to move his last good veteran pieces that are playing well. I'm sure [agent] David Falk is trying to get Evan Turner out of there. But I don't know who takes him because Turner is in the last year of his contract, and Falk is trying to get a lot of money for him. And the problem is that a guy like Thaddeus Young is hard to move because of his contract. So I don't know who would trade anything of value for him. As far as beginning to believe in the guys they have and thinking they can build around them, [the current Sixers regime] won't do that because then they would be validating the [front office] guys who were there before you.'' ESPN.com

"It's hard to tank, though. It's one thing if there wasn't a lottery like the NFL. But because there's never anything guaranteed, tanking is a hard thing to do. It's easy to say you're going to do it, but when you're going through the dog days of January and you're 5-30 and there are 4,000 people in the stands, it's painful. The other thing is that while Andrew Wiggins is a good prospect, he's not the next LeBron -- or even Kobe when he came out back in '96. He's not that. He's a very good player, but it's not like when Tim Duncan was coming out of college.'' ESPN.com

"Would I start to think I've got a nucleus to build around if I were Hinkie? Hell, no. There is no part of me that thinks they have something to build around. Come on, look at that roster. I'm not saying they're horrible, but it's just not realistic at all. They will probably try to trade Evan Turner, but that's going to be tough. David Falk is going to ask for the world [in Turner's next contract]. He's a tough agent. Everybody's thinking that. Turner's qualifying offer is $8 million. I don't see him as a star player. I think Carter-Williams could be. But regardless, believe me, this start is nothing. Three games in the NBA is nothing.'' ESPN.com

NBA executive No. 1: "I would think about moving Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes. And that's only if this winning continues. I don't know how long it can. This is the time of year when the poor teams -- if they're going to win games -- win a few because the guys on the team still believe they can win. Midway through the season, they won't have the same amount of confidence once they realize they're not a good team. So I would be stunned if they can sustain this. Besides Michael Carter-Williams, Turner, Hawes and Thaddeus Young, they've got nobody. There is no way, if I were Hinkie, I would begin to think this is a nucleus I can build around. No way. Not right now. I thought before the season they were going to win less than 10 games. Their bench guys weren't even that good in college. ESPN.com

September 14, 2013 Updates

If the product on the court isn't all that impressive just yet, at least the 76ers appear to be putting together a very strong front office. Yesterday the team announced that Brandon Williams, who most recently served as the NBA's associate vice president of basketball operations, has been hired as the general manager of the Wilmington 87ers, the Sixers' NBA Development League team. Williams spent the past eight seasons in the league office, also serving as director of player development in the community and player programs department, helping players prepare for the rigors of being a professional athlete. "Brandon will be a big help for our organization, a terrific mind who has experience with the league," general manager Sam Hinkie said Philadelphia Inquirer

September 10, 2013 Updates
September 3, 2013 Updates

Hinkie believes a byproduct of having a new coach in noted player developer Brett Brown, who succeeds Doug Collins after Collins’ three years in Philadelphia, and a new system is that there are no preconceived notions about what guys can do and who ends up in Brown’s regular rotation. “Everyone starts with a blank slate,” he said. “That’s refreshing in a lot of ways. It’s less what you’ve done and more: what can you do from here? I think all of our players will sense an opportunity to play, show what they can do and expand their game one way or another. It’s important for the future of the Sixers and their own careers.” The Intelligencer

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

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