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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How Sam Hinkie, Josh Harris approach the Andrew Bynum situation

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With a quizzical look on his face, Josh Harris tried to understand the question being lobbed his way. And find a way to answer it. The query was about Andrew Bynum, so Harris had to approach this one delicately.

Harris was being asked whether there was anything the Sixers could reclaim from the Bynum situation, the one in which they spent $16.5 million for zero minutes played from the big man.

“Sunk cost,” Harris said. “That’s all sunk cost.”

In business-speak, that’s money a business will never get back. Harris and new general manager Sam Hinkie spoke at length about Bynum, their unrestricted free agent center, at Hinkie’s introductory press conference Tuesday at PCOM. And whether they can hope to get anything from him next season.

Mainly, the conversation hovered around the Sixers’ involvement with Bynum this offseason.

Hinkie, an analytics guy, is all about the process by which decisions are made as opposed to the outcome of those decisions. Calculated risks sometimes backfire. But if the process is employed, taking into account traditional basketball know-how plus beyond-the-box-score logic and other related metrics, they’re almost viewed as acceptable losses, Hinkie said.

That’s why Hinkie lauded Harris for his approach to the Bynum trade, and his willingness to say he'd make the trade again if given the chance. Hinkie didn’t rule out ending the Sixers’ relationship with Bynum.

Bynum, 25, missed the entire season with bilateral bone bruises in both knees and underwent season-ending surgery in March. The Sixers own Bynum’s Bird rights, which means they can sign him for more years and more money than any other team in the league. That, Hinkie said, makes Bynum appealing.

“I don’t think there’s anything else to be said about the trade,” Hinkie said. “I suspect this makes me boring, but I think of Andrew like the thousands of other young men walking around the world that are unrestricted free agents that have the potential to play NBA basketball, and he is one of those. I am duty-bound to consider and look at them.
Andrew has only two differences, in my mind: One, there is this period, because he was under contract here, there’s an exclusive negotiating period. That’s different than everyone else in the world – whether they’re wonderful players or can’t play at all. And two, I think the Sixers should have – I got here three hours ago – an enormous information advantage, based on all the information in-house. My first duty is to get up to speed on that information.”

To Harris, a numbers guy, Bynum was a load on the Sixers’ salary cap. That being said, could signing Bynum for 2013-14 and attempting to get something out of him be viewed as a make-good on a bust of a trade?

“We’re looking at this purely incrementally going forward,” he said. “What are the assets we can bring to the table relative to the cost per win? If you look at it, we spent $84 million last year. We were 27th in cost per win, out of 30 (teams). That’s not good. You look at that and they say, ‘Is our decision-making process (working)?’ I’m a pretty simple guy. … We’re in the bottom decile, hence we have a new GM.”

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Blogger Susquehanna said...

People forget that Bynam was insured by Josh Harris so owner recouped 75% of the $16.5 mil doled out which really means Harris only put $4.125 mil out of pocket for Bynam's non-services. And I have no doubt that if Harris can secure similar insurance reimbursement, he'll bring Bynam back

May 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM 

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