Sam Hinkie will not name the next Philadelphia 76ers head coach until after the 2013 NBA Draft. At least that is what two sources close to the organization’s search have said.
If Hinkie decides to choose this path, he will handle the draft without the knowledge of what type of players the next coach would prefer. With that said, Hinkie knows what type of players he wants for the organization, and that may very well be why he is holding the search off until after the June 27th draft day.
With the 11th pick in the upcoming draft, it is unclear what the Sixers’ plan is. Many expect Indiana Hoosiers’ star Cody Zeller to be the target if he is still on the board when it is the Sixers’ turn to pick, but many other players have been linked to the organization. C.J. McCollum has expressed interest in the 76ers, as well as Mason Plumlee.
It seems as though nobody can pick Hinkie’s brain so heads could be turned at the NBA Draft this year. If anything, Hinkie has a plan. Nobody is quite sure what it is yet, but he seems to be a man on a mission. Some of the greatest minds in the basketball world agree that Hinkie was a great hire for the Sixers organization.
Miami Heat assistant coach and director or player development David Fizdale has emerged as a candidate for the Sixers’ coaching vacancy. Hinkie has yet to confirm or deny the interest, but a source with knowledge of the situation had this to say.
“I can only say that he seems like the type of guy that Sam would be interested in.”
Regardless, it seems as though we have some time before the 76ers name their next head coach.