Sixers Notes: Hinkie, Malone, Coaching Search

While the Suns have found their next head coach in Jeff Hornacek and the Bucks are entering round two of the interview process, we've heard relatively little about the 76ers coaching search.  That's because newly minted GM Sam Hinkie is reportedly focused on staffing and structuring the front office rather than finding the club's next coach.  Here's the latest out of Philly..

  • The approach the Sixers plan to take next season will affect the desirability of their open head coaching position, writes Ric Bucher of 95.7 The Game (Sulia link). If the Sixers intend to cut their payroll and shoot for a high lottery pick in the loaded 2014 draft, coaching candidates, and would-be first-time head coaches in particular, could shy away from a losing situation for 2013/14. That could be particularly true for Michael Malone, who's drawing interest from the Clippers and Kings as well as Philadelphia. 
  • Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer is skeptical of Hinkie's statistics-heavy approach to basketball.  Much of Sheridan's opinion appears to be based on the idea that analytics on Wall Street haven't necessarily panned out for the global economy.  It's certainly worth noting that the methods of Rockets GM Daryl Morey have been rather successful on the whole, earning him a brand new contract extension this year.

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