New Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said he sees Andrew Bynum as just another free agent.
In theory, unrestricted free agents aren't property of any team. But the Sixers do have exclusive negotiating rights with Bynum until July 1 and they can pay him more than anyone else thanks to his Bird Rights. Still, we fully expect Bynum to test the market and land with the highest bidder. It's unclear how high that bid will be considering he played zero minutes this season. Hinkie won't re-sign Bynum just to salvage something from the trade that saw the Sixers lose Andre Iguodala, Nik Vucevic and Moe Harkless. "It's all sunk cost," he said.
Former 76ers GM Tony DiLeo reportedly "wanted to keep" Evan Turner, who is under contract next season and has an $8.7 million team option for 2014-15.
New GM Sam Hinkie is thought to revere advanced statistical measures, however, which are none too kind to Turner (including a paltry .035 'win shares per 48 minutes' this season). Turner clashed with coach Doug Collins, so Collins' departure could be good for the former No 2. overall pick, but don't be surprised to hear Turner's name in trade rumors in the coming months.
Sixers hired former Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie to be their new general manager.
Philadelphia, meet analytics. After suffering through years of old-school roster building that led to disastrous moves such as Elton Brand, Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum, the Sixers have brought in one of the game's sharper analytical minds. Hinkie has learned at the foot of dominant Rockets GM Daryl Morey for four years, and will now have the final say on all basketball decisions with the Sixers. It's a hire that should breathe some life into a franchise that hasn't truly been relevant since Allen Iverson began his decline a decade ago. Tony DiLeo is out and Rod Thorn will likely join Doug Collins in some kind of consulting role.
Evan Turner admitted to clashing with former head coach Doug Collins.
Collins and Turner never seemed to get on the same page during their tenure together. Turner "often looked to" assistant Michael Curry to "smooth the waters" between Collins and himself. A new coach might be able to unlock some of Turner's potential, but next season is shaping up as a make-or-break year for the former No. 2 overall pick.
Jrue Holiday endorsed Sixers assistant Michael Curry as the team's next head coach.
"I've known him for the last three years," Holiday said. "He's somebody I trust, and somebody I'd love as a head coach." Curry played a "major role" in Holiday's development, and while he's under consideration for the Sixers' head coaching gig, there is not a clear frontrunner at this time. "I think he was the glue to our team last year," Holiday added.
Sixers associate head coach Michael Curry and Pacers assistant Brian Shaw are "believed" to be on the Sixers' coaching radar.
The Sixers are not expected to interview Mike Malone and Jeff Hornacek until next week, but both Shaw and curry are also expected to get a shot. According to Philly Blurbs, Quin Snyder is another name who could pop up on the radar at some point soon, but there's nothing definitive there yet.
The Sixers have "conducted a thorough background check" on Warriors assistant Mike Malone, who appears to be the leading candidate for the head coaching job at this time, sources told CBS Sports.
Malone's name has been kicked around in coaching circles for a while now, and after the Sixers had received permission to interview him, it seems as if the team has legitimate interest in possibly making him their next head coach. However, the report states it's "too early to identify a front-runner," but the front office has contacted the Warriors "multiple times about Malone, including several conversations with consultant Jerry West."