Hinkie and the Brain

sam-hinkieI want you to take a look at this following passage from an article posted by ESPN almost a year and a half ago. This was kind of a big deal:

Unable to work out an extension with James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded the Sixth Man of the Year to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, breaking up the young core of the Western Conference champions.

The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick in the surprising deal that was completed Saturday night. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston.

If you were wondering who the mastermind behind this deal was, it’s Daryl Morey, the current general manager of the Houston Rockets. His assistant general manager at the time was Sam Hinkie. I want you to notice one thing other than the fact that Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb were dealt. What else did they trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder?

The Thunder also acquired two first round draft picks and a good old second rounder. That’s three picks, also known as valuable assets. What has Hinkie stressed ever since his opening press conference with the Philadelphia 76ers?

Here is excerpt from an article written by Paul Flannery in the “Sunday Shootaround,” regarding the Sixers:

The name of the front office game is acquiring assets and flexibility. Don’t get locked into a quick fix that requires years to unwind. Keep your options open and be ready to strike when the opportunity presents itself. 

Currently, the Philadelphia 76ers, ran by the Hinkster, have two first round draft picks in the up-and-coming 2014 NBA draft, as well as almost 20% ownership of every second round of every draft until 2058 (seems like it).

The Sixers are in a very similar situation that the Houston Rockets were once in. After acquiring James Harden, who is having a breakout season, they added Dwight Howard, who spent most of his career with the Orlando Magic and had a song and dance with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets pulled that trade off with the Thunder because they were simply in the position to do so. They didn’t get lucky. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. They made the moves, leading up to the blockbuster deal, that allowed them to turn the corner from putridity to contention.

I’m not saying that the 76ers will end up exactly like the Houston Rockets, but I am telling you to feel comfortable. The Sixers’ captain behind the wheel has a vision and unlike the Titanic, we’ll rise again after sinking.

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