Much like last year when Hinkie dealt Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, Philly's GM would not let the deadline pass without making a splash. Did you really think Hinkie would just sit on the sideline and watch all the other teams have all the fun without getting involved?
76ers get: a protected 1st Round Pick (from OKC), Javale McGee, rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum (who?)
Denver gets: rights to Cenk Akyol (who?)
In the first move of the day for Philly, the Sixers and Nuggets agreed on a deal that essentially sent Philadelphia a top 18 protected first round pick for eating Javale McGee's $12 million. It is possible that the recently injury-plagued McGee will be bought out as he is still under contract for 2015-2016.
The 1st Rounder is from OKC which Denver acquired early this season. The 2015 1st rounder would roll into 2016 if it falls within the top 18 picks. If in 2016 it falls within the top 15 picks it would roll into 2017 where if it again falls within the top 15 it would become 2 rounders. Basically as long as the Thunder finish in the top half of the league, the Sixers will get their first round pick.
The Sixers gave away the draft rights to Cent Akyol, which they acquired earlier this season in a trade for cash and Jared Cunningham (currently on 87ers). Akyol is a 27 year old SG currently playing in Turkey. We hardly knew ye.
76ers get: Isaiah Canaan, 2nd rounder
Rockets get: KJ McDaniels
In a bit of a shocker, the Sixers sent away rookie SG and fan favorite KJ McDaniels for G Isaiah Canaan and a 2nd round pick (via Denver). McDaniels was seen to have a lot of potential despite shooting only 39% and averaging 9.2 ppg because of his athletic and defensive upside. The 2014 2nd round pick was averaging 1.3 blocks per game as a wing player. However, as a 2nd round pick, McDaniels is a restricted free agent this offseason and it seemed Hinkie would rather deal him then have to match another teams contract offer for him this offseason.
Canaan, also a RFA this offseason, was averaging 6.2 points for the Rockets this offseason and while only shooting 40% from the field, shot 38% from long range. Of course the 2nd round pick (aka future KJ) was really what Hinkie wanted out of this. Gotta collect 'em all.
76ers get: Protected 1st round 2015 pick (from Lakers)
Bucks get: Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Ennis
Suns get: Brandon Knight
In another shocker just before the deadline, Hinkie moved reigning Rookie of the Year and team leader Michael Carter-Williams as part of a three team deal and received another protected 1st rounder originally from the Lakers. The 1st rounder is top 5 protected in 2015, and if the Lakers finish in the bottom 5 teams, rolls into 2016 where it becomes top 3 protected. Again, if the Lakers happen to finish in the bottom 3 teams next year, it would roll into 2017.
Hinkie obviously did not see Carter-Williams as part of the franchise's future but its tough for a fan perspective to see the best player over the last 1 1/2 half years go. MCW was turnover prone (3.8 per game) and never a good shooter (39% FG, 26% 3PT, 68% FT for his career) but he was a stat sheet stuffer. Although many would say his box scorers were inflated because of the pace they played and the poor talent surrounding him. In Hinkie's eyes, it was time to sell high and get another 1st round pick.
Currently the Lakers' pick would fall in the top 4, meaning the pick would roll into 2016.
These moves do weaken the Sixers current roster, all but ensuring that their own 1st rounder will fall within the top 2 in 2015. Philly will be fighting the Melo-less Knicks for the bottom spot and therefore 1st overall pick. The 76ers are currently 2 games ahead of New York.
The tank rolls on.
By: Matt Ryan