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New Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie Calls Andrew Bynum Trade a 'Failure'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2013

The Andrew Bynum trade was a failure.

Someone from the Philadelphia 76ers organization who wasn't the recently departed Doug Collins had to say it, so it might as well have been Sam Hinkie.

Fresh off being named the team's president and general manager, Hinkie wasted no time in putting that advanced analytics-endorsing brain of his to good use.

Speaking with the media from the Sixers practice facility, Hinkie said it was fair to call the Bynum trade a "failure."

Of course it's fair. It seems unfair not to call it a gargantuan-sized folly at this point.

Philly mortgaged its team dynamic (and future) on Bynum. It shipped out an All-Star in Andre Iguodala and a budding young big man in Nikola Vucevic, who went on to tear it up with the Orlando Magic. And they willingly relinquished those assets in pursuit of the second-best center in the NBA.

What did it actually get? Not much.

Bynum didn't play in a single game for the Sixers, leaving the team in absolute disarray. Collins' reign in Philly came apart right before our eyes and the organization was reduced to creating false senses of hope that inevitably did little to quell the resentful cries of their fanbase. 

So yes, this trade was a failure. And as the man who will be expected to neutralize the chaos this accord instilled, Hinkie has every right to call it one.

His job, unfortunately, doesn't end with admitting the deal was a sham. Bynum is now an unrestricted free agent and the Sixers must decide whether to invest even more in the fragile big man or sever ties that were never really affixed to begin with.

Thus far, the latter hasn't appeared to be an option. Philadelphia maintained that Bynum was still "Plan A," and managing owner Josh Harris went as far as saying he'd make the trade again.

But Hinkie made no such promises, nor did he offer any similar inclinations. He instead explained that he considers Bynum just another free agent, no different than anyone else the Sixers will look at.

Tough talk for a new guy, I know, but that's what the team needs at this point.

Hinkie isn't as invested in Bynum as the rest of the organization and is thus free to make a more objective decision. He's an analytics-driven guy. If the numbers don't jive, both financially and statistically, he'll let Bynum walk.

Or, as he would probably say, he'll put as much distance between the Sixers and their latest failure if he sees fit.

"Philadelphia will realize over time what an important acquisition they have made," Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said (via ESPN.com).

To be clear, Morey was making reference to Hinkie, not Bynum.

 

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