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Sixers GM says he never had conversations about acquiring Anthony Bennett

Aug 27, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT

Sam Hinkie AP

The Sixers were a late addition to the trade between the Cavaliers and the Timberwolves that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, but like so many of the team’s moves over the past two seasons, they weren’t looking to get anything in return that might help their chances of winning in the upcoming season.

Philadelphia ended up sending Thaddeus Young, its last remaining veteran talent on the roster, to Minnesota in exchange for Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute — two players that are expected to remain, but won’t do much in the way of increasing the team’s competitive chances.

It’s worth wondering if the Sixers might have been able to land Anthony Bennett in the deal, the top overall pick in the 2013 draft who underwhelmed in his rookie season, but looked much sharper during this year’s Summer League in Las Vegas. But GM Sam Hinkie said acquiring Bennett wasn’t something that was ever discussed.

From Tom Moore of The Intelligencer:

“I can tell you unequivocally we didn’t have any conversations about (Bennett),” the Sixers’ general manager said during a 30-minute conference call Tuesday.

The Sixers ended up trading veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota on Saturday for the expiring contracts of Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved, as well as the Heat’s top-10 protected 2015 first-round pick. A deal for Bennett, as well as the Sixers’ interest in him, had been reported earlier this month.

Hinkie called it “a move we think moves our program forward. One (thing) that matters is a first-round pick in the ‘15 draft. That’s important. You don’t see a lot of first-rounders trading hands.”

Essentially, Hinkie valued a future first round pick more than what he believes a previous one in Bennett will ultimately become, and given the team’s current strategy, that makes a significant amount of sense.

While the pick they received is top-10 protected, the Heat should easily be good enough next season to avoid finishing the year as a lottery team. If all goes as planned, this gives the Sixers have another opportunity to swing for the fences in the draft, in hopes of landing a superstar talent that will change the course of the franchise.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Flip said Philly did ask about them. I tend to trust Flip more than Hinkie, as he would have no reason to lie.

  2. themagicfanguy - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    That’s because trying to get Bennett would actually make sense, unlike drafting two crippled big men in consecutive years.

    • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Yeah I sure would want the No. 1 pick who played like a D-Leaguer last year, and had weight problems in his first season in the league. Makes total sense.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Bennet was injured coming into last season and missed camp also plus going from 30 games in college to 82 in the nba. Jury’s not in on him yet

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Thanks for our 1st rounder back in that Elfrid Payton deal, by the way.

  3. 88heatnation - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    This will be the longest Rebuild for a franchise, just trading everything you had close to competing for picks which may be a weak draft. Okafor is the top pick and he’s a Center.

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Thad wasn’t staying. Don’t you go making the playoffs or anything like that Miami.

  4. Bob Loblaw - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Yeah, a mid to late 1st round pick in the 2015 draft won’t amount to much. I am a big Sixers fan, but just hate that they are throwing away another year. I think they should get these young uns out there now. Embiid probably will be sat for the year, even if he is ready to go in December, but I just think that’s a mistake.

    What are they going to get in 2015 draft? Even if they get #1 and #18 let’s say. This is supposed to be a weak draft, and so I see them getting stuck with another Turner because that’s been their luck.

    Either way, unless Noel really shines, this is going to be an absolutely dreadful year. Far far worse than last year.

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      It’s a new regime Bob. They got MCW with like the 11th pick. Trust Hinkie. He knows what he’s doing.

  5. jlinatl - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    6 First Round Picks in 3 Years… (likely) 5 of them top 11 picks.

    If this doesn’t work it has to be viewed as one of the, if not the, worst job ever by a GM. The upside and downside potential is amazing.

    • liamj55 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Beats mediocrity

  6. mungman69 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    The Sixers weren’t going anywhere before Heinke got here. I’ll wait.

  7. mungman69 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    If Bennett wasn’t in the discussion then I don’t care.

  8. bkbell3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    The problem is you bottom out like okc did and then was lucky a once in a generation player like durant was there and a once in a decade player like westbrook was there to draft. Same for harden. But while okc is good they haven’t won anything and had to move harden and don’t have anything to show for moving him. Now where is philli’s durant or even westbrook? Portland tried to do this and look what happened to roy and oden. They could stink for 6-7 years and none of these guys are more than some level of good.

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Doubt it. Embiid’ s a stud. MCW had both Lebron and Magic drooling last year. Wait til you get a load of both Noel and Saric. They’re gonna be stacked!

      • bkbell3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Yes, i really like mcw and some of the other guys could become good if they get and stay healthy but do you see anyone on the team now who even remotely look like a young lbj,westbrook,durant,harden,chris paul, or even a paul george? It is early but i don’t and philly doesn’t seem to be a big free agent destination. Maybe in a few years you could package a couple of guys to get a star but you can’t go 5-6-7 years with top 5 -10 picks and have so young of a team. Time will tell but how long are the poor philly fans supposed to wait for a decent team. I feel for them.

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