In an incredibly twist or irony, the Sacramento Kings have asked the Sixers for permission to speak with Sam Hinkie.
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
As every Sixers fan is aware, Hinkie is the man generally responsible for setting the team’s massive and controversial rebuild in motion. Given carte blanche to do what he wanted, Hinkie put “The Process” to work, which meant losing as many games as possible in order to increase the chances of getting a top pick in the NBA Draft.
And lose the Sixers did, going 47-199 for the three seasons Hinkie was general manager. Of course, normally when a team tanks, they do it for a year and then begin putting the pieces in place to become a contender again. The fact Hinkie did it for three consecutive seasons made “The Process” very controversial among Sixers fans and the NBA as a whole.
It was part of what led Sixers owner Josh Harris to bring in Jerry Colangelo and eventually his son Bryan. The power struggle that resulted finally came to a head when Hinkie resigned last April in spectacular fashion.
Due to Hinkie’s resignation, he has to sit out the entire 2016-17 season due to a non-compete clause in his contract. Hence why the Kings have to ask permission to speak to Hinkie about him joining the organization.
Of course, the Kings have been a train wreck of a franchise for years. The fiasco that was the DeMarcus Cousins trade over the All-Star break should be proof of that. Owner Vivek Ranadive and president/GM Vlade Divac have turned the once proud franchise into a joke. And ironically, one of their biggest debacles came at the hands of Hinkie.
Now a thing of Sixers legend, Hinkie orchestrated what has come to be known as “The Heist.” He convinced the Kings to take the rights to Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic in exchange for Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, an unprotected first-round pick in 2019 and the rights to swap first-round picks in 2016 and 2017.
And yes, that is about as bad a trade as you can get in the modern NBA.
So given that the Kings saw first hand exactly what Hinkie can do, that they would want to bring him onboard to help with their own massive rebuild is not surprising. Thus far the Kings front office has denied that they want to talk to Hinkie and that they have full faith in Divac, but it has been reported by The Vertical that Ranadive may feel otherwise.
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Sacramento is in much the same situation as the Sixers were when Hinkie joined the franchise: a team without direction, an apathetic fanbase and no hopes of achieving anything other than a middle seed in the playoffs.
Hinkie should feel right at home.
It would seem that Hinkie does have his fans in the NBA and that another franchise, even if it isn’t the Kings, may want to hire his services. Hopefully this time he will get the chance to stick around and see his machinations bear fruit.