Thank you to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times, who took time out of his busy day to do a trade deadline Q&A. Check out the interview below:
EG: What are your thoughts on the Spencer Hawes trade?
TM: I think Sam Hinkie was committed to moving Hawes for the best available package, and two second-round picks, Earl Clark and Henry Sims was the best he could do. On face value, it’s not a lot for a starting NBA center, but maybe Hinkie can parlay all these second-rounders into some tangible assets.
EG: What are your thoughts on the Evan Turner trade?
TM: It seems like a decent amount to trade (Turner and Lavoy Allen) for Granger – a guy with a bad knee – and a second-rounder. Again, it seems like the pick was the driving force.
EG: What do you see Danny Granger bringing to this team?
TM: Hard to say at this point. It seems like it’s quite a comedown for Granger, a former all-star, to come here, even if it’s for a larger role. Some folks think the Sixers might buy Granger out. That’s possible, but it wouldn’t benefit Philly in any way.
EG: Turner will have a completely different role in Indiana compared to what he had in Philadelphia; how do you see him adjusting to his new role?
TM: Turner will play less, but be surrounded by a much better cast (mainly Paul George and Roy Hibbert). He brings versatility to one of the East’s top two teams. Sometimes a change of scenery is best for everybody involved.
EG: Do you think Granger will be with the team for future seasons, or will he be gone at the end of this season?
TM: It’s hard to imagine Granger staying. He’s making $14 million and is 30 years old, so he doesn’t fit with the rebuilding project here. That money will come off the cap this summer, when the Sixers could have as much as $30 million to spend in free agency or on uneven trades.
EG: With Hawes and Allen now gone, do you see Nerlens Noel playing at all this season?
TM: I think the team would prefer Noel doesn’t play because he’s 19 and they fear another injury or recurrence of his torn ACL. If he’s medically cleared, it could be interesting to see what happens. I expect second-year pro Arnett Moultrie and Byron Mullens (acquired from the Clippers on Thursday) to get long looks at center. I believe Hinkie likes Mullens, who has a $1 million player option for next season.
EG: What do you see the Sixers doing now with so many draft picks, especially in the second round?
TM: Hinkie will try to package them to move up into the first round, then try to combine one with, say, the Pelicans’ pick (No. 11, at the moment) to get a better pick. He could also target players in the second round that he thinks could help the Sixers now or in the future, including international guys willing to play overseas.
EG: What’s one word that best describes Sam Hinkie?