It was a long 2012-2013 campaign for the Philadelphia 76ers, that ended in a disappointing 34-48 record, head coach Doug Collins resigning, and a new General Manager in the form of Sam Hinkie. One of the main reasons for the Sixers disappointing season was the season-long injury to star center Andrew Bynum. Bynum, who was acquired by the Sixers in the four-team Dwight Howard trade, has been criticized widely for his carefree attitude on and off the court. Many have since questioned the Sixers decision to make the trade for Bynum, and new GM Sam Hinkie agrees that not only the criticism is legitimate, but even told the Philadelphia media it is fair to call the Bynum trade ‘a failure’:
Here is a tweet courtesy of BleacherReport from Christopher Vito, who covers the Sixers for the Delaware County Daily Times
Hinkie said it’s fair to call the Sixers’ trade for Andrew Bynum “a failure.”
— Christopher A. Vito (@ChrisVito) May 14, 2013
The main thing to take from this statement is whether you can read into Hinkie’s comments in regards to the Sixers thinking of bringing Bynum back for the foreseeable future. Bynum is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and has said that he will not give the Sixers a hometown discount. However, you can possibly insinuate with these comments that Hinkie may not even be interested in bringing Bynum back to begin with. It will be very interesting to see what the Sixers decide to do, as they have a quality young core, specifically with the emergence of point guard Jrue Holiday. Given Bynum’s history, it may not be a tough sell NOT to bring him back, but many may also criticize the organization for getting nothing out of the aforementioned “failure” of a trade, especially with the success of Nik Vucevic and Moe Harkless in Orlando, who the Sixers departed with in order to acquire Bynum.
One thing is for certain: this decision will mold what type of team the Sixers will be for the foreseeable future, so Hinkie certainly has his hands full with a few very important decisions, including finding a new coach for his young team, and deciding whether Bynum will be the face of this franchise.
By: Frank Santos