Sam Hinkie Rumors

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Yet, Kilpatrick never got a call-up from then-Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie while with the Sevens. At the time, it didn’t seem to be a big deal, with the Sixers having Isaiah Canaan, Nik Stauskas, and Thompson. Like Kilpatrick, they are all guards who can stretch defenses with their shooting. Passing him up seems crazy now, however, considering how he surpassed the three players from a talent standpoint. Plus, new Sixers president Bryan Colangelo declined to extend Canaan a qualifying offer this summer. “I don’t really remember how it played out,” Brown said. “I think Sam with the [front office] group felt like with Isaiah here and other people here . . . I don’t really remember how it really played out. I do know that Sam thought highly of him, but obviously not highly enough to bring him in.” That worked out well for the Nets.
A half dozen other GMs and execs—an admittedly unscientific survey—voiced largely similar sentiments. Some pointed out that while fans and media get hung up on the narrative, people in the league move on much more quickly. “Sam’s respected, and that’s the biggest thing for sure,” says one GM. Another points out that just by having confidence in his ideas, Hinkie is appealing to owners. Because, for one, how many people can do the job of NBA GM? And within that subset how many of those actually have a plan? (See the last 10 years in Sacramento.) In Philly, Hinkie became known as a cutthroat negotiator, sometimes to his detriment. But at least one rival GM thought his rep was earned partly because Hinkie’s combination of certainty and patience was intimidating. He knew what he wanted and was willing to wait for it. This is not the norm in pro sports, where, as one exec says, “To be honest, most of us are just plowing through.”