PHILADELPHIA – A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have hired Sam Hinkie as team president and general manager.
The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal is not official. Hinkie, a former Houston Rockets assistant general manager, was the top choice by owner Joshua Harris to oversee the rebuilding of the beleaguered franchise.
Tony DiLeo is out after one full season as Sixers general manager. He was with the organization for 22 years, and was widely credited — and now blamed — for orchestrating the botched deal for center Andrew Bynum. Hinkie must now hire a coach after Doug Collins resigned following three seasons.
Philadelphia went to the playoffs in Collins' first two seasons, and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. But with Bynum injured all season, the 76ers stumbled to a 34-48 finish this season.