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New Sixers GM Hinkie says Bynum just another free agent

May 14, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

Don’t throw good money after bad.

It is good advice in Las Vegas — you’re not going to win that money back on one big roulette bet — and it’s good advice for NBA general managers. Who do their fair share of gambling. Like pushing all your chips in on Andrew Bynum last summer.

New Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has learned his lessons and said at his inaugural press conference on Tuesday (streamed on that re-signing Andrew Bynum is not a top priority.

“I think of Andrew like the thousands of other young men that are walking around the world that are unrestricted free agents, that have potential to play NBA basketball, and he is one of those,” Hinkie said.

He added the Sixers have the advantage of an exclusive negotiating period and should have a huge informational advantage with regards to Bynum. Hinkie said he had to get up to speed on that information then choose a path.

Throughout the presser Hinkie talked about process, about being careful and methodical, about gathering information then getting fully behind the best decision you can make. That includes the ongoing coaching search. He said the key is to pick the right guy, someone he shares a philosophy with, and it matters to take some time and do it right.

As for players not named Bynum, Hinkie Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are “quite interesting.” He said he needs to do more evaluation to see if they are franchise cornerstones.

Make no mistake, Hinkie wants a superstar in Philly. You could see that in Houston where Hinkie worked up until a week ago with Daryl Morey — they went after Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and eventually landed James Harden. You have to have one of the games elite players to win big in this league (look at the teams that have won titles the past 30 years).

“Superstar players matter in this league,” Hinkie said.

Not that it’s easy.

“This is a hard league, everybody is trying to get the same thing,” Hinkie said. “There are no silver bullets, where you do one thing and it makes everything easy overnight.”

It’s not going to happen overnight, Sixers fans. But you have a whip-smart guy at the head of the organization now in Philly, a guy with a philosophy he wants to build from, and that is as good a cornerstone as you can get.

  1. money2long - May 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    bynum will take a pay cut if his contract incorporates flamenco dancing lessons

  2. jimsjam33 - May 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Andrew Bynum , an un-restricted free agent , is this years version of Brandon Roy . What G. M. in his right mind would sign him to a max contract when we all know he is a huge gamble to ever play again for more than 10 games a season , if that .
    Brandon Roy took the T-Wolves for a 10 million –2 year contract knowing he had bad knee’s and could barely walk , let alone play basketball . He did play five games this season and it cost the Wolves for his services , one million dollars per game .
    Pass on him 76ers.

    • bougin89 - May 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      In fairness(I agree signing Roy was a risky gamble that they clearly lost on) the contract was not guaranteed for 2 years. It ended up being a 1 year, $5.1 million contract.

      Don’t get me wrong, still a waste of money, but not as bad as having a second year of wasted money.

  3. brutl - May 14, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Is this the genius behind the Jeremy Lin deal, too?

    • mazblast - May 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      If that deal works out, Morey gets all the credit; if not, Hinkie will get the blame. That’s the life of an assistant GM, especially one who leaves the organization.

  4. bauman007 - May 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    “Lin-sanity!” At least there is some direction, and as long as Billy King still has a job in Brooklyn we can be sure the worst contracts are no longer tied to the 76ers

  5. wsuperman4445 - May 14, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    the question is… do you come into town as the new GM and say in your first press conference that your all star player is just another free agent? then hope he signs with you or.. if he doesn’t potentially lower his value to other teams that might be looking to take him off your hands with his bad Knee’s etc… ( in other words how much they are willing to pay you for him) and you recoup your loss? this does not sound like a bright move to me.. I am just say’n…

  6. ryanrockzzz - May 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM


    Dont know if your not living around Philly, but that was the best thing he could have said. No one wants that lazy, heartless loser back. He’s got all the talent in the world, but he showed this year that playing basketball for him is Plan B, Plan A is using the money he already has from basketball to whatever he wants with.

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