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.


20 Responses

  1. Jim. I’m not even kidding. I’m not even kidding. You’re pathetic.

    No troll. This is super, super sad. Stop.

  2. It’s been great filling in on the shift they snatched away from me…I even got to work with the guy who took my job!

  3. Hey motherfuckers! Yea that’s rite. Stick to basketball!

      1. Who cares?

        It would be like a steel cage match but I’d bet she’d submit to anal.

  4. It was technically the same 2nd round pick for all the trades with each having a different “window” of unprotected pick numbers for which it would convey. That’s how Hinkie got away with it:
    1st trade=top 55 protected, so conveys if 56-60
    2nd trade=top 50 and 56-60 protected, so conveys if 51-55
    3rd trade=top 40 and 46-60 protected, so conveys if 41-45
    4th trade=top 45 and 51-60 protected, so conveys if 46-50

  5. Yeah, that Royce White deal was a blockbuster, just like when Hinkie took him with a top twenty pick in Houston. What part of “not going to fly” didn’t Hinkie understand. And then White shit-talked them the whole time.

      1. Not only that, but Royce White was a really good player at Iowa State and was probably worthy of being a top 5 pick in that draft, or at least in the discussion. Can’t fault them for taking that guy at pick 16. He had issues that were worse than a lot of people thought even after teams did their investigating on him

  6. Andy Bloom is no longer listed on the WIP website. Clearly those rumors about someone being in rehab were about him.

    Go on, look for yourself. Innes even tweeted about it.

    Why hasn’t Kyle down something on this? He fucking sucks. Bloom c-slapped him on the air.

  7. Analytics! ::garble garble:: PONZI SCHEME! ::heart attack:: ::Drops dead as Cataldi plays on a radio in the background.

  8. ……. And the Sixers will still win less than 25 games this year.

    Big fuckin deal.

    1. The sixers have 147 second round picks next year, if it all works out. That and the top 4 1st round picks, including high school players. And they will still suck monkey balls.

  9. This speaks volumes of the wealth of knowledge that some of these professional sports governing bodies have compared to Joe who runs the local delicatessen. The majority of sports fan will not comprehend how Hinkie acquired these picks or just how savvy he was to acquire them. That majority will just rant and rave about the Sixer’s inability to win more than 20 games. I understand their discontent as a fan but see the bigger picture. This just a pixel in Hinkie’s bigger picture. If their ultimate goal to produce a team worthy of bringing a championship title to Philadelphia, then they must have a plan. This doesn’t mean we have to blindly follow, as the case with Amaro, but understand that they’ve reached their position of power for a reason.

  10. Sam, I have a hot date this weekend….. Can I have my balls back for a few hours tonight?

  11. If it weren’t for Dad I’d be reporting the traffic on KYW. But then at least more people would hear me on the radio.

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