In the 2014 draft, the Sixers have potentially two first-round picks, their own and New Orleans', which is top-five protected. Even before the trade deadline, the Sixers had their own second-round pick, plus second-round selections of Brooklyn's and Houston's.
Hinkie says he has no secret agenda. His only goal is acquiring top players, and using draft choices is part of it. He said how important it was to trade a second-round pick on draft night in the Jrue Holiday deal.
The Sixers sent Holiday and their second-round draft choice (No. 42 overall) to New Orleans for the rights to center Nerlens Noel (who was selected sixth in the first round) and a top-five protected first-round pick in the 2014 draft.
"We don't talk much about the 42d pick in last year's draft [but it] was a material part of the Jrue Holiday trade and I think very likely wouldn't have happened if the other team didn't have yet an additional pick they could make an investment for their future," Hinkie said.
With so many picks in this draft, Hinkie will likely be wheeling and dealing at a similarly feverish pace.
"We have as many as two firsts, as many as five seconds, and more in the future," he said. "How we array those, whether we select [with] all of those, whether we combine them, whether we move them, that's all to be determined. but it'll give us options."
So if he thinks he was busy at the trade deadline, Hinkie may be just warming up.
"I think it'll make our phone ring, for one," he said. "And I think it'll give us choices."
Hinkie said he isn't sure of the role of Granger, a one-time all-star who has been slowed by injury the past two years. Granger has an expiring $14 million contract.
Hinkie says both sides will discuss the best possible role and he didn't discount the possibility of a buyout.
Turner, Hawes, and Allen were all lauded by Hinkie, who contacted each and told them how much he appreciated their contributions to the team. Now the focus is on the current group.
"We are building this up, and days like [Thursday] were, to a point, inevitable," coach Brett Brown said. "For me, I look at it as an opportunity more than anything for me to continue to do my job."
Among the most difficult jobs in the NBA.