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How Sam Hinkie Turned the Idea of a Second Round Pick Into Seven Players and Four Picks


This was laid out in a previous post, but let’s dig a little deeper here.

In 2014, Sam Hinkie’s way of taking on salary dumps and making the Sixers available as the third team in three-team deals was the “protected second round pick.” And boy was it protected. The teams “receiving” the pick in these deals had no illusions that they’d actually get it (and if they did, it was just a plus). They just needed to dump some salary or a player in a deal with a trade exemption and the Sixers needed to toss something out there in return. So let’s look at what Sam Hinkie did with a protected 2014 second round pick. [Ed. Note: All of these deals MIGHT be for the same pick. They probably are. That is, however, unconfirmed at this point.]:

  • July 13, 2013
    • Sixers acquire rights to Royce White and Furkan Aldemir from the Rockets in exchange for a 2014 second round pick (protected top 55)
  • August 22nd, 2013
    • Sixers acquire Tony Wroten from the Grizzlies in exchange for a 2014 second round pick (protected top 50 and #56-50)
  • February 20th, 2014
    • Sixers acquire Byron Mullens, and a 2018 second round pick from the Clippers in exchange for a 2014 second round pick (protected top 40 and #46-60)
    • Sixers acquire Eric Maynor, a 2015 second round pick (used to draft Arturas Guaditis), and a 2016 second round pick in a three-team trade with the Nuggets and Wizards. The Sixers send away a 2014 second round pick (protected top 45 and #51-60)

Also on February 20th, 2014, the Sixers traded Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers for Danny Granger and the 2015 second round pick they’d use to select Luka Mitrovic.

After doing all of that dealing, the Sixers’ 2014 second round pick — essentially protected from pick #40 to pick #60 — didn’t convey, so they got to keep it. Hinkie used that pick to select K.J. McDaniels. Down the line, he traded McDaniels for Isaiah Canaan and a 2015 second round pick, which he used to select Richaun Holmes.  The Sixers still have Aldemir and Wroten from the earlier deals, and yesterday, Hinkie packaged the rights to Mitrovic and the rights to Guaditis (from the Maynor trade) for Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, a future first round pick, and the right to swap two other first round picks. The long road that began almost two years ago with the Aldemir deal is still being paved, but it doesn’t make it any less amazing.


Your Updated Sam Hinkie Flowchart

Credit to Jim for the work on the flowchart

Credit to Jim for the work on the flowchart

Somewhere, Dick Jerardi still thinks the Sixers should’ve kept Evan Turner.

If you’ll notice, the protected 2014 second round pick in the top left that was traded for a 2016 second round pick, Eric Maynor, and one of the 2015 second round picks (Arturas Gudaitis) used to acquire Nik Stauskas et al. was protected and itself never vested (top-45, 51-60 protected). The Sixers kept it and drafted K.J. McDaniels, who turned into a 2015 second round pick (Richaun Holmes) and Isaiah Caanan. So, if you’re keeping score at home, Sam Hinkie, magically, turned one 2014 second round pick into Holmes, Canaan, a 2016 second round pick, and a portion of the offering for Stauskas, Landry, Thompson, a protected 2018 first round pick, and the right to swap first round picks with the Kings in the next two drafts. WITCH! WITCH!

Full flowchart after the jump. Continue reading


Sixers Acquire Nik Stauskas, Others in Salary Dump Trade


BEFORE YOU PANIC: If Woj meant Saric, he probably would’ve said Saric.

According to super-insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have acquired Kyle Scott look-alike Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, and Jason Thompson from the Kings in exchange for overseas players (probably Micic, Kazemi, or a couple of the dudes they drafted this year). The Sixers reportedly wanted Stauskas — which may mean a buyout for Landry and Thompson — and the Kings are trying to dump salary to make a run at Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis, and/or Wes Matthews.

We’ll have more on this in the morning.

UPDATE: Also a pick?

UPDATE 2: According to Zach Lowe, “Sixers will receive a protected 1st-round pick from the Kings, and swap rights w/ Sacto in the 1st round of two other drafts, sources say.” If they still didn’t give up Saric in this deal, it’s remarkable.

UPDATE 3: According to Woj, the deal shakes out like this:

“The Kings traded forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson and 2014 No. 8 overall draft pick Nik Stauskas to the 76ers for the rights to overseas players and a future second-round draft pick, sources said.”

Saric’s name has still not been mentioned, so I assume he’s safe.


UPDATE 5: There’s some stuff involving Chicago, but this is the simplest breakdown of the picks exchanged:



Jahlil Okafor’s First Pitch was as Awkward as You’d Expect

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Here’s Joel Embiid at a Bar, Dancing, Wearing His Own Name on a Personalized Soccer Jersey

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Photos via Redditororororororor Barch88

The caption on that photo: “Was out at a bar on Sunday, saw this guy with no boot dancing around.”

Not even gonna call out Embiid for going full Bynum here (you never go full Bynum!). Rather, let’s call attention to that customized Chelsea kit. There has to be a line somewhere in every professional sports contract that once you accept payment for playing a game, you’re thereby not allowed to wear any jersey in public – your own or otherwise – and especially customized jerseys with your own name on them, and especially when they’re Chelsea kits. Yuck. What, were they out of his size in Liverpool?

UPDATE: Big weekend for Embiid:

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via /r/Sixers


Joel Embiid Told Brett Brown He’s 7’2” Now

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Brown talked to Anthony Gargano and Jon Marks on the morning show this morning about Jahlil Okafor, how he fits with the team, and who he reminds Coach Brown of (“He’s a gifted passuh,” says Brown). But in addition to the talk of Big Jah, the chat naturally headed in the direction of Joel Embiid, and as it turns out, JoJo is growing.

The 21-year-old Embiid could still be growing. And not just out, up. He’s listed on Basketball-Reference at 7’0″, but according to Brown, he’s even taller … by his own reports:

“I get a text from Joel a few weeks ago in the middle of the night that said: ‘Guess how tall I am.’ And so I guessed seven-foot. Two minutes later he texts back ‘You’re wrong, I’m 7’2″.’ I text back ‘How do you know this?’ He texts back ‘Doctors. I’m 7’2″ in sandals.’ And when you stand next to him, when you’re around big men you understand the difference between seven-foot and seven-two, and he is 7’2″.”

Could this be what Embiid was referencing on Instagram? Did he drunk text his coach? Is he actually taller? Will we ever find out if that height even matters on the court? Stay tuned, for the next edition of: What the hell is going on with Joel Embiid?


Joel Embiid Puts out Fantastically Cryptic Instagram Post

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This would… almost appear to be good news. Or his foot fell off.

Just in case, I’m co-™-ing Sixers Skyline™ with reader Dave (@TheGrapevine120).


That Story Going Around about a Woman Having a Subpar Sexual Encounter with Jahlil Okafor May Be Fake



I gotta say, for as boring as he looks, the first few days of the Okafor era have been off the charts. First we had his hype-ass father, then a positively absurd controversy, and now we have this rather saucy but probably not real story about a subpar sexual encounter with the Sixers rookie.

Black Sports Online found Tweets from a woman supposedly named Chanel (@QueenChanelK) – the account has 16k Twitter followers – who claims to have had a recent(?) encounter with Okafor that was, well, less than desirable. Her mini Twitter rant is after the jump. Fair warning: it’s graphic. Continue reading

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