Sam Hinkie Rumors
Kristian Winfield: Same Kings who said multiple times they had no plans to move DeMarcus Cousins before the trade deadline. – RT: Sam Amick: Statement from Kings on ESPN’s Sam Hinkie report: “The Kings are not hiring Sam Hinkie and have no plans to bring anyone in above Vlade.”
The Sacramento Kings have expressed exploratory interest in former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive sought and received permission directly from Sixers counterpart Josh Harris to speak with Hinkie.
Sources say Hinkie has long intrigued Ranadive, whose franchise has been thrust into a rebuilding mode not unlike Philadelphia’s status under Hinkie in the wake of trading DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. Neither Hinkie’s level of interest in a position with Sacramento, nor the sort of role Ranadive envisions for Hinkie in a front office currently run by popular former Kings player Vlade Divac, was immediately known.
Sources say other undisclosed teams have also sought permission to speak to Hinkie, which is presently required based on the terms of the non-compete clause that took effect when he left Philadelphia in April 2016 and expires at the end of this season.