Since he broke up with the Sixers in 2016, Hinkie has been out of the game.
During his tenure as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, Sam Hinkie was a somewhat polarizing figure. Some people praised his drastic team transformation strategy, while others railed against it. However, before Hinkie was with the Sixers, under General Manager Daryl Morey, he was a part of Houston’s front office. Therefore, when Morey was recently hired to be the new basketball operations president of Philadelphia, it led to some speculation that he might look to bring back his former protégée to the Sixers.
However, Hinkie quickly closed the door on this possibility. Hinkie said during an appearance with Pablo Torre on the ESPN Daily podcast that there is no possibility that he will take a job on Morey’s Sixers team.
Oh, zero, “Hinkie said when asked, via Real GM, about a possible return to the NBA.” “Zero. For sure, I’ve turned that chapter. That part of my life . I enjoy what I’m doing now quite much. I like to surround myself with people who think in the kind of timeframes I do, which is always longer. With long feedback loops, that’s very comfortable. That wants to do the kinds of things I do, which is to gamble on young people and watch them grow.”
But what has Hinkie been up to since 2016, when he parted ways with the Sixers?
To get there, a road. Capital, support and guidance are what they need. And a lot of great colleagues around them are always going to help them get there. That’s what I’m doing here.
Just because Hinkie isn’t interested in returning to the NBA doesn’t mean that he’s not yet involved in the league, especially in the Sixers. He thinks that the Morey hire was an excellent one when it comes to his former franchise, and he also thinks that it wouldn’t be a smart decision for Philly to trade either one of their young All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, as others have suggested.
Don’t people know what it took for them to get them? For both of them. It’s not difficult to get a star player in the NBA, but near, “Hinkie said.” It’s not impossible, but close. It takes either an extraordinary amount of luck, or an amazing amount of time, or some other way to try to get at it. So what’s Jo? 26? Finding a young player who is nominally just entering his prime in a typical context, and thinking, ‘yeah, we’ve got to blank.’ No, you’ve got to get great players on your team, and he’s one. No, you’ve got to get great players on your team, and he’s one.
And so, I’m not alone in this, you’d be loathe to think that there’s anything we have to do, and we have to do something that needs you to be able to transfer a great match. For a reason, they don’t travel too often, and people rightfully don’t let them go for a reason very much.
When it comes to their approach to team building in the past, Morey and Hinkie have always been aligned. It will be important to see if they are aligned on this topic as well.