Sam Hinkie Lives Up to the Excitement

Heading into this year’s trade deadline, there was no doubt that Philadelphia 76ers’ general manager Sam Hinkie would be active. Just to recap all the madness from Philly, the Sixers traded Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen, and a second round draft pick for Danny Granger, Byron Mullens, Earl Clark, Eric Maynor, Henry Sims, and six second round draft picks. Hinkie managed to get three more draft picks for this upcoming draft, while acquiring future second rounders as well.

The first deal made by Hinkie today was with the Cleveland Cavaliers that sent Spencer Hawes to Cleveland in return for Earl Clark, Henry Sims, and two second round draft picks.

Next up was a trade with the Washington Wizards where the Sixers acquired Eric Maynor along with two-second round picks in a three-team trade that also included the Denver Nuggets. At the moment, it is unknown as to what the Sixers gave up in this deal.┬áHinkie then traded for Clippers’ center Byron Mullens and a 2018 second round pick in exchange for a protected second round draft pick.

It appeared that Hinkie was done as the trade deadline was over, but then the blockbuster deal with the Indiana Pacers came in. This deal sent Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers for Danny Granger along with a protected second round pick in 2015.

Earl Clark, Henry Sims, and Danny Granger all have expiring contracts, while Byron Mullens and Eric Maynor both have player options for next season. Hinkie could end up eating some money, assuming Mullens and Maynor both pick up their options, although Mullens may get waived before the season concludes.

Going into today the Sixers had five picks for this year’s upcoming draft, two in the first round and three in the second round. Hinkie acquired three more second round draft picks for this year’s draft, while giving up one in the Mullens deal. This leaves the Sixers with SIX draft picks for the 2014 draft, along with a pick in 2015 from the Wizards, a 2016 pick from the Nuggets, and a 2018 pick from the Clippers.

Sam Hinkie definitely came through for the Sixers at the deadline this year, continuing his philosophy of valuing draft picks while clearing up cap space for free agency.

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