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Sixers new GM not done shaking up roster, will be active with trades

Jul 30, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

Sam Hinkie AP

When the Sixers moved Jrue Holiday on draft night, the plan of new GM Sam Hinkie became clear — they were going to get worse to get better. Philly is not going to be good this year, but they will have two first round draft picks (theirs and New Orleans, so long as that isn’t top 5) in the deepest draft in a decade and start their rebuilding with that player and Nerlens Noel.

With that as the plan, you had to know the roster shakeups were not done.

Hinkie will be actively looking at more trades throughout the season and into next season, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“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,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said…

“That kind of flexibility will give us real options,” Hinkie added.

The Sixers are currently $16.6 million under the cap (they will actually need to add salary before the start of the season to reach the league’s salary floor). That gives them room to take on contracts teams want to dump, but the price will be picks or young prospects.

What does all this mean? Well, if I were Spencer Hawes or Thaddeus Young or Evan Turner I would keep a travel bag packed and near the door. You never know when you are going to be on the move.

  1. mcglade1212 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Thad can bring something back in return. A team looking for a good bench player, who plays above average d and can rebound would benefit a great deal with him. I would prefer to see him go play for a contender, he would for nice on Miami or Dallas. This process has been too long, if the team doesn’t quickly turn this around the city won’t get back on board. Attendance is going to be the lowest in the NBA, no question. It’s rough being a 76ers fan but maybe we will have some surprising players on this current roster. If Royce White can mentally check in I think that was a steal, Noel has potential, ET needs to go since a new regime has taken over as well as Hawes completely start over with 12 news players almost in my opinion.

  2. dezglobal - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    A lot of people have been questioning the decisions of this GM.. I find him incredibly smart.. He knows they can’t compete right now so he won’t spend money on players that won’t matter to the franchise. Not only will This team make the playoffs NEXT season (if all goes well in the draft) but they will be a contender in the next 3-5 years.

  3. arejaye57 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    They don’t have to add any salary.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      The 2013-14 NBA salary floor is 90% of the salary cap which is around $52.811 million. They currently have $40.085 million in commitments, according to Hoopshype.

  4. somekat - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    The only guy that was on the team this year that is still around, who should be considered a long term keeper, is Thad Young. He would be dynamic off the bench if you had better players around him, and is the type of player every team wants/needs.

    Everyone else, are just guys, if you can get something decent for them, nice knowing ya.

    Hawes may not be moved, since he is an expiring deal himself

  5. ryanrockzzz - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Loving HInkie so far. The Sixers wer so inept for years with Billy King, Rod Thorn, etc. Finally they have a GM who understands they need to pick an extreme direction instead of playing in NBA purgatory every year. Ownership appears to want to back him up also, and they already showed they are willing to take risks to be good (Bynum last year.)

  6. htownred34 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Working with the best gm in the league Morey has taught Hinkie how the league works. You gotta have balls and make bold decisions and trade like Holiday to either get better or rebuild. Rebuilding is the best move for this team and they r heading in the right direction.

  7. axelmontoya99 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM


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