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Friday, August 29, 2014

76ers Injury Update: GM Sam Hinkie on rebuilding

By on 8/29/2014 07:00:00 AM

The rebuilding process was further cemented when Thaddeus Young was traded to the Timberwolves for a first-round pick in 2015, along with Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved As the rebuilding process continues for the 76ers, who won just 19 games last season, the team signed first round draft pick Joel Embiid. Michael Carter-Williams , Nerlens Noel and Embiid could be a solid foundation in the future. The addition of Luc Mbah a Moute could also be significant, as he has a mentoring relationship with Embiid. General manager Sam Hinkie likes Mbah a Moute's presence underneath and believes he can help Embiid.

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As reported by Max Rappaport of, the 76ers have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 14 months.  President of Basketball Operations Sam Hinkie traded Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for the rights to Noel and New Orleans' 2014 draft pick.

Fast forward to February of this year and Hinkie dealt Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen..  The rebuilding process was further cemented when Thaddeus Young was traded to the Timberwolves for a first-round pick in 2015, along with Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved.

Only Jason Richardson and Arnett Moultrie remain on the roster that Hinkie inherited. Although the team has a long, uphill climb, the core could be promising in a few years.
“I continue to hear optimism from our fans about the type of thing that we’re building. I think they view our approach as bold, but I think they view it as something that is a departure and something that could very well end up in a place that we could all be proud of.”
Hinkie is well aware of the difficulty to part with veterans like Young, but it's a move like the rest that Hinkie's made that will help the team in the future.

The Sixers could have immediate production from Shved and Mbah a Moute. Shved averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game last season. But Hinkie was impressed with his production in big games.

Hinkie believes Mbah a Moute , who averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, can provide experience and an excellent defensive game. More importantly, he can be a mentor for Embiid, when Embiid is ready to return from off season surgery. The 76ers are hoping to see Embiid sometime in the second half of next season.

Although it could take several seasons to bring a winner back to Philadelphia, Hinkie believes in coach Brett Brown and his own rebuilding plan.
“Step one is our ability to coach [our young players] and see them on the floor. But definitely the way we approach it is that every day we’re looking for people that have the kind of characteristics, that have the kind of work ethic, and that have the kind of talent to really move our program forward. We focused from the very beginning on building something special for the city of Philadelphia and trying to put a program in place to do that."

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