Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/02/13 2:48 pm EST

At the glorious stroke of midnight and the arrival of the month of July, Sam Hinkie fervorously rubbed his hands together and cackled into the quiet night that surrounded PCOM.  The NBA calendar had flipped to 2013-2014 and Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown immediately became “Spencer Hawes’ and Kwame Brown’s expiring contracts.”

While the rest of the League is paying attention to what asinine delicacies and ridiculous riches several teams will offer Dwight Howard over the next several days, Hinkie and the Sixers are going to lurk in the shadows of the NBA’s crazed free-agency period like a vicious lion and wait for the opportune moment to pounce on a stupid team with a bad front office.

We know they still exist in the NBA, despite having a lockout to correct the absurd financial landscape of the entire corporation just two years ago. Yesterday, it became widely reported that the New Orleans Pelicans (aka Jrue’s new team) signed Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans to a four-year/$40-48 million offer sheet.

Yet while all of these bad owners keep tossing their money around to overrated free-agents and hardly stars like Evans, it’s safe to say that Hinkie won’t be one to overpay for a “hot commodity” this summer.  He wouldn’t think that offering Kwame Brown a lucrative, long-term contract is a smart idea either.

What can we expect from Hinkie this offseason now that free agency has began? There’s five things stand out in my mind:

1) He’ll try to deal away as many “assets” while accumulating as many 2014 Draft picks as possible. Remember the Sixers were inches away from flipping a package surrounding Thaddeus Young to the Sacramento Kings for a package involving DeMarcus Cousins at the Draft on Thursday. They also were seriously close to shipping away Evan Turner and the No. 35 to a team at the end of the first round of the Draft as well. Hinkie’s first goal this offseason is to clear as much cap space as he can and to make the team as young as possible, while also stashing away plenty of future picks.

2) Hinkie will probably be one of the keenest observers of both the Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues this month. The Orlando League, which the Sixers will compete in, kicks off on July 7. The Sixers have already compiled a pretty solid roster of undrafted rookies, including Temple’s Khalif Wyatt and Michael Eric as well as Syracuse’s James Southerland. Michael Carter-Williams, Arasalan Kazemi, Justin Holiday along with a few more pro’s are still pending. Don’t be shocked if Hinkie signs two or three of the undrafted kids to inexpensive deals sometime in late July or early August.

3) As of July 1, the Sixers had just seven players under contract if you don’t include Jrue and their Draft picks. If Hinkie is able to trade two of them away (unfortunately we’re stuck with Jason Richardson), they’ll be left with eight players under contract including Nerlens Noel, MCW and Kazemi. Add two undrafted Summer League free agents and you have 10, leaving two roster spots open for unrestricted free agents and three more spots for the inactive list. Don’t expect Hinkie to throw big, long-term money at anyone, but you could see some one-year/$6 million range deals like Nick Young’s last season. Dorell Wright will probably be the only free-agent from the team’s sad roster in ’12-13. Keep your eyes open for a guy like O.J. Mayo or Randy Foye to add a scorer that the Sixers desperately need with the departure of Jrue.

4) More front office moves (nope, still not looking for a coach). Last week, rumors flew that Sixers CEO Adam Aron was fired. And although the team came out and said that was false, don’t be surprised if the Hinkie does make some changes amongst his staff. You could see a few new faces from his old offices in Houston as well as the exile of several Rod Thorn and Doug Collins-age guys.

5) The last thing Hinkie will do is sign a head coach. If he’s not going to sign one before Summer League, there’s no reason why he would do it before everything else is set for next season. This leads me to believe the man for the gig will either be Michael Curry or Aaron McKie. But, you never know what Hinkie has up his sleeves!


18 Responses to “5 KEYS TO SIXERS OFFSEASON”

  1. MattSg
    2. July 2013 at 20:34

    I still can’t believe he wanted to trade turner & the 35th for a late first rounder in this weak ass draft .

  2. EJ
    2. July 2013 at 21:15

    James Southerland was a nice undrafted free agent pickup,should make the team as a 3pt specialist.

  3. George
    2. July 2013 at 22:26

    Sign Byron Mullens! Tank big and sign him to a 1 year, and I want all swaggy all day. I want him leading the league in 3 points tank. I’m talking cheap ass seat giveaways tank! I want that buy two rows of seats for 10 buck deal next year tank. Go Sixers

  4. Jon
    3. July 2013 at 00:02

    I’m really intrigued by all these summer league guys

  5. Alex
    3. July 2013 at 00:03

    If the team is planing to tank, then stay away from free agents. Just go with existing players and draft picks and add a few young undrafted kids. Also need to buy Richardson contract and let him go to a contender like Miami.

  6. Alex
    3. July 2013 at 00:10

    By the way, I read Andrew Bynum will provide medical reports to NBA teams interested in signing him, but won’t work out for them. This is a nice clue they are looking for a “stupid team with a bad front office” as Jake puts it nicely. Stay away from this guy, he is done!!!.

  7. Skywalker
    3. July 2013 at 07:56

    The “Tankadelphia Sixers”!!! Will be the worst team in the league…….all tickets should be ten bucks!

  8. Ransom
    3. July 2013 at 08:13

    MattSg –

    Why wouldn’t you trade Turner and the 35th pick for Jeremy Lamb and the 26th pick (that was one of the leading proposed trades)? let’s break it down:

    26 is better than 35 … and Jeremy Lamb is younger, cheaper, has more upside and less bad attitude than Turner…I’m seeing no downside here

  9. Mike
    3. July 2013 at 09:50

    Alex: “If the team is planing to tank, then stay away from free agents. Just go with existing players and draft picks and add a few young undrafted kids. Also need to buy Richardson contract and let him go to a contender like Miami.”

    Each team needs to have a portion of the salary cap out on payroll (I believe 90%). With this in mind, Hinkie has to pick up free agents rather than sign rookies to big contracts so he might as well pick up players that will help us in the long run after this rebuilding year.

  10. Jon in LA
    3. July 2013 at 17:13


    If we are under the minimum cap, we just end up paying what the difference is. That money is actually spread out to the players on the team. I kinda like the idea of giving the money to our players as an apology for trying to be horrible.

    Also, we just need to reach that cap by the end of the year, so we can be under the minimum going into the season and if we make a trade or something later, then we could be all good.

  11. Stephen
    3. July 2013 at 17:15

    Hawes to OKC for Perkins, PJ III, and their 2014 first round pick. Get it done.

  12. MattSg
    3. July 2013 at 17:16


    Okay I never heard about lamb being part of the deal . I must admit that sounds more reasonable but I would still opt for keeping turner . I think we just look at the negatives . He still has star potential, he’s tough, arguably top 3 rebounder at his position, good size , good handle, he’s tough, above average defense, improved jump shot. I just think this is his make or break season . We have nothing to lose if we just keep him this year if he still bullshits then bye bye .

  13. Jon
    4. July 2013 at 02:01

    Stephen, sorry but as great as it would be that trade would never happen. It would have to be Thad to OKC most likely and they’re not gonna give up PJ3 Lamb and a 2014 first rounder. Maybe a deal like a Lamb, Perkins, and a 2014 2nd rounder. Either way I feel OKC should be who Hinkie is targeting primarily as a trade partner.

  14. Valeria Y. Pate
    4. July 2013 at 02:43

    The subsequent collapse of the team and the debacle that resulted from the trade for Bynum allowed Harris to revisit hiring Hinkie.

  15. George
    4. July 2013 at 11:10

    Do you guys think Hinkie will go after Hollins? He has been a quality coach in Memphis. No reason with our roster (especially if its filled out with summer league players) that we couldn’t bring in a guy to teach the kids how to play hard at all times and tough defense. I guess the ship has sailed on the Josh Smith/JJ Hickson off season I was hoping for, now I get to root for a good coach. I can’t see George Karl coming here, and I am not sure any other big name will come if Boston signed Butler’s coach…

  16. ken
    4. July 2013 at 11:49

    turner is a crybaby, cant finish at the rim, improving jump shot not improved its still inconsistent, not an above average defender due to his lack of athleticism, and turns the ball over when playing pg through the sf position. unless he fixes most of this he isn’t an nba starter but would be a good bench player

  17. Confusion
    6. July 2013 at 16:29

    Wondering can Sam Hinkie fire his boss, Adam Aaron? Someone please let me know this managerial hierarchy?

  18. Andy B
    7. July 2013 at 23:20

    Does anyone think a Bynum sign and trade is a possibility? One year ago we mortgaged our future for him, now, are we going to just take a net loss?

    Any chance we could convince GSW to take him in exchange for Bogut’s expiring and a 2014 1st? Maybe even pry away a young asset like Draymon Green?

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