Report: Sam Hinkie’s Michael Carter-Williams trade angered Brett Brown, 76ers president
The 76ers traded then-reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams to the Bucks just before the trade deadline last February.
The move was typical Sam Hinkie – dealing a productive player for an asset that might be more valuable long-term, a Lakers’ first-rounder that’s top-three protected in 2016 and 2017 and then becomes unprotected in 2018.
But that doesn’t mean everyone in Philadelphia appreciated the deal.
Here’s a list of coaches who would dislike one of their best players being traded for a draft pick: All of them.
Brown understands Hinkie’s plan, but like all coaches, Brown wants to win. Carter-Williams could have helped the 76ers win a little more. A future draft pick obviously contributed nothing last season.
Carter-Williams believes Brown wouldn’t have traded him, and he’s probably right. But Brown wouldn’t have undertaken the massive rebuilding project Hinkie did. The trade improved Philadelphia’s long-term outlook. That Lakers pick is valuable.
O’Neil’s initial frustration is similarly understandable. But marketing plans shouldn’t drive basketball decisions. The 76ers will have a much easier time marketing themselves when the team actually gets good in a few years than they would selling Carter-Williams and Noel now.
Of course, Brown and O’Neil could be out of work by then. Brown’s record is historically bad, and Philadelphia’s attendance is down. Losing Carter-Williams made it more difficult for both of them to prove their value in the short term.
But Hinkie is in charge and thinking further down the line. Hinkie and O’Neil just have to accept that.
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