Although popular opinion amongst dedicated LB users is for "Lucy the Tanking Octopus" to rise gloriously from the depths of the sea like the Kraken (or Snoop Doggy Dogg), the signing of Sam
Worthington Hinkie as GM is a figurative raising of Medusa's decapitated head. Lucy is dead. Wiggins will be a King. And the Sixers will not land a draft day superstar for the 17th year in a row. But all is not lost, GM Excel Spreadsheet has a plan. The plan is simple, gain assets. The execution is risky. It will take tons of savviness to build the next era of Sixers basketball without two or three top 5 picks in the next few drafts.
During his time in Houston, Hinkie never assisted in fielding a dreck team. It took a few good signings that created one franchise changing trade, the Rockets are team that is "one player away" from contending. This could be the same for our Sixers in three or four years, but Hinkie will do his best to put a team out there that can make the postseason while developing young players. During his five years as VP of Basketball Operations the Rockets never had a losing season. Their two fifty-plus win seasons did have both Ming and McGrady on the roster, over the following three years they posted two forty-plus winners and a thirty-plus winner in a lockout shortened season. Culminating in the acquisition of James Harden by trade (for a guy they traded for and picks) and Jeremy Lin & Omer Asik in free Agency.
Now that Sam "I'm Too Savvy For My Spreadsheet" Hinkie has the reins, I don't expect him to go (too far) away from what worked for a slightly smaller market team that went through a oft-injured center and shooting guard. As we see so far Hinkie will do things his way and in his own time. And for time's sake I will get down to the nitty gritty, I assembled a list of players that the Sixers may have interest in Free Agency and what it would take contractually to sign them & what it would mean for guys on the roster already.
Projected Cap Space Calculation: (via Bleacher Report)
$46,193,356 committed (T. Young, E. Turner, S. Hawes, J. Richardson, K. Brown, L. Allen, J. Holiday and A. Moultrie) + $1,834,100 (No. 11 pick) + $980,360 (two second-round draft picks) + $490,180 (incomplete roster charge) = $49,497,996
REASON FOR SIGNING [Effect]
SAVVY SIGN-AND-TRADE SCENARIOS
Save for the obvious "Sign and Trade" situations that it would take to acquire the soon to be massive contracts of Howard or Paul, here are few possible options for some other targets.
Josh Smith Scenario:
Smith agrees to a 5 year, $70 million (14M per) deal with the Sixers. A sign and trade deal reached between Atlanta and Philadelphia to send Smith to the Sixers in exchange for Thad Young (8.8M), Spencer Hawes (6.5M) and a draft pick.
This option allows the Sixers to move adequate contracts in exchange for Smith and still leave $10 Million for them to sign another free agent or two.
Al Jefferson Scenario:
Jefferson agrees to a 4 year, $48 million (12M per) deal with the Sixers. A sign and trade deal reached between Utah and Philadelphia to send Jefferson to the Sixers in exchange for Evan Turner (6.6M) and Spencer Hawes (6.5M).
Similar to the Atlanta deal but in this case Utah doesn't want Jefferson, but if we want him we NEED to do a sign-and-trade. Here we have the option to trade Hawes and Turner as Utah is in need of guards and a stretch 4 to replace Millsap if he were to leave. This also gives Utah two possible expiring contracts for 2014, if they choose not to offer Turner a qualifier. Once again, this allows the Sixers to move adequate contracts in exchange for Jefferson and still leave $10 Million for them to sign another free agent or two.
Monta Ellis Scenario:
Ellis agrees to a 4 year, $48 million (12M per) deal with the Sixers. A sign and trade deal reached between Milwaukee and Philadelphia to send Ellis to the Sixers in exchange for Evan Turner (6.6M) and Spencer Hawes (6.5M) or Thad Young (8.8M).
This trade give the Bucks a guard in exchange as well as a big whether it be Haws or Young, if it were to be Thad with Evan then either another player would be included or possibly cash. The Sixers would still have close $10 Million for them to sign another free agent or two.
[NOTE: The early market has kind of been set for Monta as the Bucks have offered him 3 yrs/36 million. (via ESPN)]
As you see there are many options for building towards the future that don't included tanking (Wiggins). And while I'd love to tank (draft Wiggins), the odds are against us one being that Hinkie isn't likely to assemble a bad enough team and in the past 22 seasons the team with the worst record has only won the lottery TWICE. Ask the Bobcats.
So here's to the future of not sucking, but hopefully building our team with smart savvy signings and trades.