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Hinkie steps down

Posted by Eric Fisher On April 6

Sam Hinkie was always elusive when asked about a timetable for “the process.”

On Wednesday, however, Hinkie put an end date on the process is over — at least as far as his involvement is concerned.

Hinkie resigned as Sixers president and general manager Wednesday. Reports state that Hinkie will be replaced by Bryan Colangelo, the son of Sixers chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo, who was hired in December.

There are reports that Hinkie felt marginalized as the Sixers restructure their organization. A resignation letter from Hinkie to Sixers ownership, obtained by ESPN’s Mark Stein, seems to support that view.

“Given all the changes to our organization, I no longer have the confidence that I can make good decisions on behalf of investors in the Sixers — you,” Hinkie wrote. “So I should step down. And I have.”

The Sixers won 19 games during Hinkie’s first season as president and general manager, and then won 18 in his second season. The Sixers are 10-68 this season.

Despite the 47-195 record under Hinkie, Sixers principal owner Josh Harris said in a statement released by the team, “While we are disappointed in Sam’s decision, we would like to sincerely thank him for his contributions over the past three seasons. There is no question that Sam’s work has put us in a very strong position to take advantage of numerous opportunities for an exciting future.”

The Sixers could potentially have four first-round draft picks this year. Hinkie also drafted Joel Embiid and made a draft-day trade for forward Dario Saric, neither of whom have played a game for the Sixers yet. Embiid has missed two seasons with foot injuries. Saric is playing overseas.

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