Could Sam Hinkie Get Pushed Out in Favor of Bryan Colangelo?
The Philadelphia 76ers made some major tweaks to their "process" on Monday afternoon.
The definition of tweak varies depending on who you hear it from, but the architect of that process, Sam Hinkie, was stripped of his autonomous personnel power by 76ers ownership.
76ers owner, Joshua Harris, introduced longtime basketball mind Jerry Colangelo as the special adviser to the managing general partner and chairman of basketball operations.
Hinkie's title and responsibilities remain the same, but one can wonder if this "tweak" by Sixers ownership is a precursor and a sign of things to come moving forward.
Earlier today, Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that 76ers ownership is making efforts in re-signing head coach Brett Brown to a contract extension. Brown has a contract expiring at the end of the 2016 season and has been poised and determined in seeing this rebuild through.
Buried in that same article is an interesting speculative nugget from Wojo in that perhaps Hinkie might not get that same opportunity:
It is immediately unclear how long Hinkie will want to stay on the job with reduced power in the organization, and several league executives were already wondering on Monday if Colangelo would eventually persuade ownership to hire his son, Bryan, a former general manager with the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns, into a high-ranking team position.
Wojnarowski makes it abundantly clear in his report that Hinkie has lost power in the organization to an incoming Colangelo. Although the elder Coangelo hasn't run a daily NBA operation in two decades, his son has.
Bryan Coangelo resigned from his President of Basketball Operations position with the Toronto Raptors in 2013, but that was after Coangelo won NBA Executive of The Year in 2007. He also won the same award for his efforts in Phoenix with the Suns in 2004.
I would call this 'educated speculation' on Wojo's part as he's just reciting his conversations in league circles, but keep an eye on the younger Coangelo as he continues to try and reemerge in an NBA front office.
One thing that's not speculation is the emergence of Jerry Colangelo who had the ear of Josh Harris sitting court side on Monday night watching the Sixers lose to the Spurs by 51 points.
Harris is ready to take this plan to the next level, Sam Hinkie could be in danger of getting left behind.