Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Sam Hinkie was done acquiring second round picks, the 76ers GM broke up roster cuts with a minor transaction. Former first-round selection Arnett Moultrie is on his way to the New York Knicks, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, in exchange for Travis Outlaw and a couple potential selections down the road.
ESPN sources say Knicks have agreed to terms to trade Travis Outlaw to Philly— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 27, 2014
Trade calls for Sixers to send Arnett Moultrie to New York and take in Travis Outalw, who is likely to be released by Philly— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 27, 2014
Philadelphia will get a future second-rounder from the Knicks as well as rights to swap another future second-rounder— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 27, 2014
I'm not sure if Travis Outlaw and Travis Outalw are the same person, but it appears -- as usual -- the Sixers aren't too interested in the returning player. The guaranteed second rounder is nice, and the swap rights are an intriguing asset to hold on to down the line. It's just another reason for Sixers fans to root for the Knicks to crash and burn.
It comes as no surprise that the new Sixers regime weren't enthralled with Moultrie; just this morning our own Derek Bodner discussed the possibility that the team would part ways with the 23-year-old forward. He's had issues that kept him out of the lineup in Philadelphia, ranging from conditioning to drug policy violation. For an organization looking for a fresh start and a head coach who preaches the value of fitness, it was a dodgy marriage at best, and when you combine that with his love for long twos, this feels like a long time coming.
Of note is the fact that Moultrie was the only healthy member of the Sixers left from the Doug Collins era, making the recently injured Jason Richardson the last survivor of Hinkie's roster detonation. Given his inability to contribute to the team on the court this year, I'd be surprised if the Sixers kept him on the roster this season, unless they place a heavy premium on his veteran leadership.
Pending a decision on Richardson, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel could potentially be the longest-tenured Sixers before the week is over. Now that the slate is nearly clean, it's time to see what a roster full of Hinkie's guys can turn into.