Since May 14th, the day new general manager Sam Hinkie was hired. There's been lot's of talk about his method and approach. Hinkie's approach to the game revolves around a method called "Analytics". So, how will this new method help the Sixers? Will it save them a few millions for each season? Would it be trying to find a bargain on cheap players and hope to receive quality production? Reminds me of the old Ed Stefanski Era. You're not going to win that way, and lot's of old school coaches like Larry Brown for example aren't in favor for that method of managing an NBA team. Sure you might save some money for cheaper options than going for the big deals like Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul, who are all expected to be free agents once the season is all over. In the mind of an All-Star player, I would not play for a team with a general manager who uses metrics and analytics.
That may help you in business terms, but may hurt you in trying to flourish as a team trying to eventually contend for a title. I'm not saying go out every summer and sign every big name on the market. You may need a few extra million to make some moves for depth on the roster, and won't do much good if you're on the other end of the salary cap paying luxury tax. One questionable thing in Hinkie's method is, why are we still without a coach? Hinkie has been narrowing down prospects for the upcoming draft on June 27th, to find the right guy to draft come draft night. But, what sense does it make to work out prospects without a head coach, if you don't know what style of basketball you want let alone need? If they're to make some splashes in free agency this year, somebody has to be moved.
Because they're $12 million under the salary cap, and that doesn't leave them much wiggle room if they're to expect to sign Josh Smith, let alone Dwight Howard. Some players will have to be moved in order for them to make some major moves. Say a guy like Jason Richardson who's expected to be owed $12,805,375 in the next two seasons with there being a player option involved in the final year of that deal. Richardson is expected to earn $6,204,250 in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
It's seem highly unlikely and difficult to move a player who can't seem to stay healthy with that kind of contract. Though, Richardson's contract alone may not be enough. I say it will take at least two-three moves to make space for them to make a splash in free agency to sign a big time player to receive quality service. Though, nobody on the current roster is an untouchable. Not even All-Star player Jrue Holiday. Jrue would be a spectacular player to build around, which is something I would do, but he's going to have to learn to not turn the ball over. If Richardson is to stay, all we can do is hope and pray that Orlando didn't dope us as well in the deal like Los Angeles did with Andrew Bynum.