Sam Hinkie Steps Down From Position With 76ers
ESPN's Marc Stein Reports that Sam Hinkie has stepped down as 76ers' General Manager and President of Basketball Operations.
Stein and ESPN.com reports that changes in the organization this week have prompted Hinkie to resign and on Wednesday Hinkie sent a 13-page resignation letter to ownership. ESPN reports in the letter Hinkie said:
... 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. So I should step down. And I have.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Jerry Colangelo’s son, Bryan, former GM of the Toronto Raptors, is a candidate to take Hinkie's vacated positions. Bryan Colangelo was a two-time NBA executive of the Year and sources tell Yahoo Sports and ESPN that Sixers are currently in negotiations with Bryan to take Hinkie's vacated positions.
Sources tell Yahoo Sports' The Vertical that top basketball executives with Sixers are unaware if Hinkie has resigned. Hinkie was offered by 76ers' Ownership another high-level executive position but when he was informed that they were bringing in someone to take position of General Manager prompted Hinkie's abrupt decision.
Since Philadelphia hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations on Dec. 7, 2015, he has been evaluating the team's roster along with operations and Front Office management.
This news comes on the heels of Hinkie spending an hour speaking on the record with ESPN's Zach Lowe on the Lowe Post Podcast. The Interview was posted on Tuesday.