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Sixers hire Rockets assistant Hinkie as their new GM

May 10, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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There were going to be changes in Philly in the wake of the lost Andrew Bynum season (not sure what else to call that campaign, at least that’s printable).

In the wake of coach Doug Collins leaving, now out goes GM Tony DiLeo and he will be replaced by a guy considered one of the brightest minds in the game — Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie, reports CSNPhilly.com (Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the story). This likely becomes official early next week.

While Daryl Morey is the front man for the Rockets (and the ultimate decision maker), Hinkie helped shape that organization as well with draft picks and more. And that is one of the up-and-coming young teams in the league — what the 76ers aspire to be. Hinkie brings an analytics background, something that should appeal to numbers-guy owner Josh Harris.

The first job on Hinkie’s list is to get replacement coach for Doug Collins, who stepped away after last season.

After that, he can move on to the “what to do about Bynum?” question.

  1. sgtr0c - May 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Excellent! I am happy to see this. Right or wrong, time will tell. Progress on the problem is good.

  2. somekat - May 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Great hire. I wanted them to make this hire last season. Dileo never did anything to deserve the GM job, and since he’s had it (in all reality, he was Doug Collins’s yes man), hasn’t done anything to keep it. The guy is an empty suit

  3. dondada10 - May 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Did he get that photo taken at Sears?

    • beagle11 - May 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      You could’ve went so many ways with berating this picture, you knocked it out of the park with Sears though. Well done sir!

  4. saint1997 - May 10, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    How do we solve a problem like Andrew?

  5. jacobknicks - May 10, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    At least he looks smart

  6. stikolaboloni - May 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Dondada is the early front runner for comment of the day

  7. halfbaht - May 10, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Best thing Philly can do with Bynum is hope for a sign and trade and pick up some picks and more young talent

  8. mungman69 - May 10, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Tony Dileo & Doug Collins ruined the Sixers. Good luck to the new guys, they’ll need it.

  9. mazblast - May 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    “Ruined the Sixers”? What exalted height were they at before?

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