For the past several weeks, local scribes have been wondering what’s going on with Sam Hinkie. The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t hired a head coach, the center they traded for last year is sure to be somewhere else next season, the roster is littered with not quite good enough tweeners, and the only good thing about the 76ers roster was their All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday.
Forget all that you know about the 76ers of the past. The 76ers have traded Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel. You may recognize the name as the potential #1 overall draft pick this year. He’s had a knee injury that ended his freshman season and may have scared some teams away. But, defensively he’s ready to play in the NBA and he has a huge upside.
Hopefully, this has Nerlens Noel turning into the NBA version of Aaron Rodgers. He should be angry. He should be mad at the teams that passed over him. He should also realize that he has a lot of work to do to make up for those teams passing over him.
Sam Hinkie has tossed a grenade in to the 2013 NBA draft. They’ve managed to discard Jrue Holiday, pick up Nerlens Noel as the center of the future for them, then they’ve turned around and picked Michael Carter-Williams a 6’5” point guard from Syracuse. On top of that, the 76ers are going to get the Pelicans 1st round pick next year which is top 3 protected.
Wonder no more what your new GM has been doing since being hired. He’s been planning on blowing up the team and rebuilding it from scratch. Hinkie will be making over this team in his ideals and it’s all started tonight.
Welcome to Philadelphia Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. There’s a lot of pressure here, but from what we’ve seen from the first public action of the 76ers new GM, this won’t be the last noise that the 76ers make this offseason.Tags: Jrue Holiday, Michael Carter-Williams, NBA, NBA Draft, Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers, Sam Hinkie, trade