Sixers' Sam Hinkie is building for the future

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie says the team is building for the future. AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
76ers general manager Sam Hinkie says the team is building for the future. AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Posted: February 23, 2014

Sam Hinkie owned Thursday's trade deadline and the 76ers general manager will likely stake ownership of the June 26 NBA draft.

The Sixers made four trades, dealing Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, and Lavoy Allen and acquiring Danny Granger from Indiana, BJ Mullens (L.A. Clippers), Earl Clark, and Henry Sims (Cleveland), and Eric Maynor (Washington). Clark has since been waived.

The Sixers acquired the following second-round picks - Cleveland's and Memphis' in 2014, Golden State's (2015), New Orleans' (2015), Denver's (2016), and the L.A. Clippers' (2018).

"We are trying to acquire things that will help us move forward and the net result of what happened [Thursday] is that we picked up six additional second-round picks, we gave nothing in return except the opportunity to use some of our cap space, which is part of the reason to put ourselves in a position to be flexible," Hinkie said during a Friday news conference at the Sixers practice facility.

 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.


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