The Philadelphia 76ers introduced their new general manager, Sam Hinkie, and the first question he will have to answer (aside from the Draft) in reshaping the franchise is the 7-foot-1 elephant with bad knees in the room. While Daryl Morey might be saying how glad his former protege is in the Eastern Conference, this is not an easy decision or situation for Hinkie to walk into.
Hinkie and 76ers owner Josh Harris know that the trade they made last August to bring in the former Lakers All Star was a risky one -- and one Harris said he would do again despite Bynum missing the entire season -- but Hinkie is an analytics guy. And with Bynum sitting out the entire season before hitting free agency, it increases the stakes this summer.
The possibility of losing Andre Iguodala, NIkola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless for virtually nothing -- Bynum did not play the entire season and Jason Richardson missed half the season with knee issues -- leads to only one conclusion, as Hinkie told Christopher A. Vito of the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times:
Hinkie said it's fair to call the Sixers' trade for Andrew Bynum "a failure."— Christopher A. Vito (@ChrisVito) May 14, 2013
Harris went on to describe the Bynum trade, at least for this past season, as a "sunk cost." In business-speak that is an investment that a businesss simply will not be able to get back.no comments