An NBA GM said that Andrew Bynum won't get more than a one-year deal.
This isn't exactly earth-shattering news on Bynum and conventional wisdom would suggest that most teams would be extremely apprehensive to sign him to a multi-year contract. He missed every game this year and over the previous five seasons, Bynum missed 26.0 games per season. A 25-year-old center already having serious durability issues is going to make it tough on his agent to get leverage in contract negotiations.
League sources tell CBS Sports' Ken Berger the 76ers will interview lead assistant Michael Curry for their head-coaching vacancy next week.
Curry's been endorsed by both Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner as their preferred choice to replace Doug Collins, but that was before the 76ers hired Sam Hinkie as general manager. Hinkie has made it clear he's not beholden to any of the Sixers' old guard -- be it coaches or players -- so we expect Curry to be just one of several candidates Hinkie meets with in the coming days.
Sixers GM Sam Hinkie hinted that the team could be players in the 2014 free agent class rather than the coming offseason.
"If you go down that path (looking to the future), you have to put yourself in a position to be competitive (in the meantime)," Hinkie said. "We'll have to be really thoughtful about all the options." It's possible the Sixers make a move during the 2013 offseason, but if the team waits to make a real splash until the 2014 offseason, Philadelphia could be approximately $30 million under the cap.
Jrue Holiday says the 76ers would "still be in the playoffs" if Andrew Bynum was healthy.
A lot of sentences this season started with the phrase, "if Andrew Bynum was healthy." Of course, we knew early on that probably wasn't going to be the case this season and it remains to be seen how healthy he'll be rest of his career. Bynum's knee problems will be a major red flag in free agency and it's hard to imagine new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie banking his franchise on the fragile big man. Holiday does need help though and his comments illustrate just how big of a hole the Sixers were left with thanks to Bynum's season-long absence.
New Sixers GM Sam Hinkie called Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young "interesting young players that you have to think about and you need to really assess."
It's an interesting comment but not necessarily a telling one. Turner's future in Philadelphia is very cloudy, but it would be a surprise to see the team put Young on the block, and Holiday is considered a focal point of Philadelphia's future. It's clear that Hinkie is not afraid to remake the roster his way, so we'd expect an offseason of change for the Sixers.
New Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said it's fair to label the Andrew Bynum trade as "a failure."
Between Hinkie's statement that he views Bynum as just another free agent and calling the trade to bring him to the team "a failure," we just can't imagine any way the big man returns to the Sixers. If he winds up with another team, Bynum's career in Philadelphia will have lasted just one season and resulted in zero games played.
Sixers' guard Nick Young is being sued for sexual assault stemming from a 2011 incident in Los Angeles.
A woman is suing Young for sexual battery, sexual assault and false imprisonment, stating that she believes that she was "roofied" by Young after he bought her and a friend champagne at a night club. Young is a free agent and this case will obviously be one to watch over the summer.