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Hinkie: Trades Were Another Step In Process

by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: February 21, 2014

Thursday’s trade deadline brought a flurry of trades to Philadelphia, as the Sixers were involved in four of the nine total deals filed to the league office on Deadline Day. In total, three players – Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Lavoy Allen – and a protected 2014 second-round pick were sent out in exchange for five players and six second-round draft picks between 2014 and 2018.

Once the dust had settled in Philadelphia, Sixers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie spoke to reporters, breaking down the four deals.

“We’re focused on what matters,” he said during a press conference at the team’s practice facility on Friday. “We’re focused on building something for Philadelphia to put program in a place to compete when it matters. And we feel that yesterday was just another step in that process.”

In addition to the four players that have been added to the roster – Earl Clark was waived Friday morning, leaving Danny Granger, Henry Sims, Byron Mullens, and Eric Maynor as the additions – the team also added three picks to their stock for the 2014 Draft. Depending on how various pick protections work out, the Sixers will have as many as seven picks in June’s Draft – two in the first round, and five in the second round.

“[Second-round picks] are not assured, by any means, to produce good NBA players, but [having many] gives you more chances, so you might have a little more risk tolerance,” said Hinkie. “You definitely have more flexibility.”

In fact, inarguably the biggest move of Hinkie’s tenure with the Sixers was predicated upon the team’s ability to include an additional second-round pick to their outgoing package. 

“The 42nd-overall pick in last year’s draft (traded to the Pelicans as part of a deal that brought Nerlens Noel and New Orleans’ 2014 first-round pick to Philadelphia) was a material part of the Jrue Holiday trade,” he said. “I think it very likely wouldn’t have happened if [the Pelicans] didn’t get an additional pick that they could make an investment in for their future.”  

Looking ahead to the 2014 draft, Hinkie expressed excitement about the opportunities that his extra picks and the quality of the class will afford him. 

“I think as you get closer to the draft, talent evaluators everywhere often start to downplay the expectations – ‘Oh, it’s not as good as we thought,’ or something like that, but [the 2014 draft class] looks quite strong to me,” said Hinkie.

“I think all the best teams have been built around great players, and we’re going to be particularly focused upon that for a while – on finding great players that can lead us forward… That’s the most important issue, and the rest falls by the wayside.”