Sam Hinkie has already given the Sixers organization the one thing that it so desperately desired: a direction. It is clear now that the plan is to inject youthful talent, add assets, and eventually land the superstar needed to go to the next level either via the draft, free agency, or trade.
All Sixers fans will remember the night of June 27, 2013. After laying low since being named general manager and president of basketball operations for some time, Hinkie stole the stage on draft night. First, he sent All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for No.6 overall pick Nerlens Noel and a top-5 protected pick in next year’s talent rich draft. As soon as all the details of that blockbuster were confirmed, the Sixers’ new GM was working magic, landing a deal with what seemed to be every NBA franchise, picking up draft picks and freeing up salary cap space. Not too long after the draft, Hinkie struck a deal with his former team to acquire former first-round draft pick Royce White and Furkan Aldemir.
Philly has more cap space than any other team in the NBA this year. Currently, the team is approximately $16.6 million under the cap with the flexibility to wind up around $36 million by next off-season.
“We will be an attractive trading partner for teams around the league all year – not just for players, but for the cap room that we have.”
While not much has been clear since Hinkie took over the job, one thing does appear obvious. The Sixers are willing to move anyone at any time if the price is right, and the new boss has a way of landing deals that include draft picks, even the ever so coveted 2014 first-rounder.