For the first time since he took over as Sixers general manager, Sam Hinkie was relatively quiet at the trade deadline.
Sure, he acquired veteran big man Joel Anthony for salary and a 2017 second-round draft pick while waiving JaKarr Sampson. But that hardly registers on the scale compared to Hinkie's major shakeups on previous trade deadline days.
Was it a sign of chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo rubbing off on Hinkie as the two continue growing a solid bond? That's likely.
Or it could be that Hinkie just didn't pull the trigger on his latest blockbuster.
Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub (via ProBasketballTalk) Friday and said he was "very close" to pulling off a deal involving a big package before the other team "backed out." While Ainge didn't mention any player names for obvious tampering reasons, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the proposed trade involved Sixers rookie center Jahlil Okafor, according to a league source.
Adam Kaufman of WBZ NewsRadio added that Ainge told him the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2016 first-round pick held by the Celtics was part of the package.
With the Nets having the NBA's fourth-worst record at 15-40, that draft pick is certainly the type of valuable asset Hinkie typically covets. However, the supposed swap never made it to the finish line.
"We were willing to do one deal, and it just didn’t happen," Ainge said. "Both teams weren’t ready to go. And it was a really tough, close deal. And it was certainly not a no-brainer. There was risk on both sides’ part. But at the end of the day, both teams were not ready to do it."