The Philadelphia 76ers and general manager Sam Hinkie wheeled and dealed on a busy, busy trade deadline Thursday for the team. First on the docket was unloading Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the trade, the Sixers picked up two reasonably high 2nd round picks and expiring contracts in Earl Clark and Henry Simms. This was a real shrewd move by Hinkie. Hawes was a pending free agent and wasn’t in the Sixers’ long-term future.
Hinkie was able to get assets in the form of high 2nd round picks for him in a stacked 2014 NBA Draft class. He could use those 2nd round picks, which the Sixers now have five of in 2014, to take advantage of a deep class, or even position the Sixers to move back into the first round for a third time.
The Sixers’ blow up is now complete. They have rid themselves of almost every veteran and are totally starting over, and the last third of the season is going to be ugly, no doubt about it.
However, the future is bright. They have what looks like a top three pick of their own, a pick that looks like it will be in the top 10-15 from the New Orleans Pelicans, a boatload of 2nd rounders, and two ascending young talents in Michael Carter-Williams and the yet to be showcased Nerlens Noel.
It may be ugly now, but have patience, Sixers fans. It is always darkest before the dawn.
Hinkie gets an ‘A’ from me on this day.