HoopsHype Sam Hinkie rumors

January 13, 2015 Updates

Derek Bodner: Talk to anybody in the NBA who is familiar with Hinkie and they will readily acknowledge his scouting background. He's always on the road. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

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"He might have an IQ of 150, but [Hinkie] doesn't seem to realize you have to deal with these people over and over," one league source said. Could Hinkie have misinterpreted or misunderstood the alleged agreement with the Nets, who wanted to satisfy the desire of Kirilenko - a favorite of Russian team owner Mikhail Prokhorov - to become a free agent? "No," said another source. "I think he started thinking he can just hold onto him and use him at the trade deadline in a package to get something." Philadelphia Inquirer

According to two sources, the Nets told the Sixers that Kirilenko would not report and wished to become a free agent. Brooklyn had other trade options that would have worked out just as well or better if Kirilenko had been willing to play. Those sources insist the Sixers agreed to release Kirilenko but did not. "That's 100 percent accurate," one source said. "[The Nets] clearly believed there was a handshake deal." Philadelphia Inquirer

That's fine, but sources around the league indicate that Hinkie is also gaining a reputation as someone with whom other teams are leery of doing business. There is always reason to question the motivation of sources, and Hinkie's analytical approach to the game does represent a challenge to the old-boys club's way of operating. But not living up to a handshake agreement, if true, would be a bad way to build relationships. "General managers like to call each other and talk, but nobody wants to talk to Sam Hinkie. Nobody trusts this guy," one source said. Philadelphia Inquirer

December 22, 2014 Updates

The coach said general manager Sam Hinkie will pick the addition to the roster. A team source said that former Sixer Malcolm Thomas is among the candidates. The power forward was waived on Nov. 10. At the time, he had to have knee surgery that sidelined him four weeks. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Billy Cunningham doesn't know the 76ers' general manager, Sam Hinkie, other than to have a casual conversation. But the former Sixers great admires the architect of the Sixers' long-term rebuilding approach. "I tell you what, I tip my hat that they have the fortitude to try it," Cunningham said. "I don't think I would have had the fortitude to try it." Philadelphia Inquirer

November 2, 2014 Updates

Former 76ers coach and all-time great player Doug Collins is hoping general manager SamHinkie’s methods eventually produce a winner. “It’s a little painful for me right now to be a former Sixer, see the losses and all,” Collins said. “When I left I talked to [team owner] Josh Harris and I said regardless of what you’re going to do, stick with the plan. You can’t switch in midstream. If it gets painful, you’re going to have to ride through it. I felt they were going to blow the team up and start all over again. “Michael Carter-Williams was the Rookie of the Year. Nerlens Noel looks like he has a chance to be a high-energy, active defender, shot-blocker, rebounder. I don’t know if he’s ever going to be a big-time scorer. [Joel] Embiid, can he get healthy? The [Dario] Saric kid overseas, all the draft picks. There’s pain that goes with that and that’s why I said I have a lot of respect for [coach] Brett Brown. Boston Globe

October 29, 2014 Updates

That carte blanche to construct a team as he saw fit, with an eye for elevating the Sixers to a place among the NBA's elite for a generation, ultimately persuaded Hinkie to take Harris and Blitzer up on their job offer. They'd gone all in on the myth of Andrew Bynum's greatness and been burned, and Hinkie's vision held substantial and familiar appeal to an ownership group whose fortune was made over time in the private-equity market. It was the difference between the lifetime benefits of a healthy diet and the immediate pleasure of a sugar rush. "The more I would talk to people about things I saw, those people would say, 'A lot of the building blocks are in place,' " Hinkie said. "You have a city steeped in basketball tradition, a big market, an ownership group committed to winning at the highest level, an ownership group that's smart and patient and willing to make investments over the long term and all the things that have been proven to drive success. . . . Owners aren't everything, but they're the first thing, and in some ways they're the most important thing." Philadelphia Inquirer

October 28, 2014 Updates

The Sixers already scored their biggest win of the season when NBA owners failed to pass draft lottery reform last week. The team with the worst record will still have a 25 percent chance at getting the top pick and cannot drop lower than fourth. Hinkie isn't swayed even though his method has been nicknamed "Tankadelphia." "A lot of it is, where does your self-worth come from," Hinkie asked. "Do you need people every day telling you you're doing well? Do you need the masses every day telling you that they agree with you? Or do you have some higher purpose in mind?" Hinkie says he does. He's betting his career and the team's future that the Sixers can hit the championship jackpot with a bunch of winning lottery tickets. USA Today Sports

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September 4, 2014 Updates

¡Saludos desde España! The 2014 FIBA World Cup began on Saturday, with 24 teams representing 24 nations from across the globe descending upon Spain for a basketball tournament that occurs just once every four years. A total of 45 current NBA players are participating in the event, and 17 more have connections to NBA teams via draft rights. One of those 17 players is Croatian forward Dario Saric, whose rights were acquired by Philadelphia during the 2014 Draft. This week, a five-man Sixers contingent consisting of General Manager Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Michael Carter-Williams traveled to Spain to watch the 20-year-old Saric firsthand. "I am proud of the effort our three players – Nerlens, Joel, and Michael – have made to fly to Spain in order to show their support for Dario, another cornerstone of our program," said Coach Brown. "The opportunity for all of us to spend quality time with each other and continue to discuss how we are going to build our program is very exciting. "As a group we are committed to getting this right." NBA.com

August 31, 2014 Updates

Jason Wolf: #Sixers source: Changes coming, "but nothing ridiculous like that." MT @howardeskin: sixers have fired Dir Player Personel & all scouts. Twitter

August 28, 2014 Updates

Sam Hinkie on whether Embiid may play this season: "I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes. In my experience with this injury, a very reasonable approach that our medical professionals take is to put these hurdles in place for them to rise above and then measure the symptoms and then let's see what happens in the days after. Is there tightness or soreness or swelling? Does the MRI or X-ray show something different? When we set that road map, no one knows [how long it will take]." Philadelphia Inquirer

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