The Philadelphia 76ers are entering a new era in the history of the franchise after the news broke last night that Sam Hinkie had tendered his letter of resignation.
Hinkie, who had been working as general manager and head of basketball operations in Philadelphia, abruptly stepped down after three very contentious years in the city of brotherly love with four games left of the 2015/16 season.
Sixers managing general partner Josh Harris confirmed the news of Hinkie's departure, thanking the former GM for his work with the team.
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"While we are disappointed in Sam's decision, we would like to sincerely thank him for his contributions over the past three seasons," Harris said. "There is no question that Sam's work has put us in a very strong position to take advantage of numerous opportunities for an exciting future."
Hinkie reportedly sent a letter to the Sixers ownership on Wednesday which revealed he had lost confidence in his ability to improve the team.
"Given all the changes to our organization, I no longer have the confidence that I can make good decisions on behalf of investors in the Sixers -- you," he wrote. "So I should step down. And I have."
Hinkie's letter was apparently 13 pages long and made reference to everything from Abraham Lincoln to a now extinct species of bird that was native to New Zealand before settlers arrived and ate them all because they were flightless.
Hinkie's plan at the 76ers was simple. A couple of seasons of pain equals a new roster that could provide the backbone of a team that can challenge for the title in five years.
"The strategy we settled on was straightforward, even if arduous," he said. "Replenish the talent pipeline, improve the quality and quantity of players on the roster, shift the style of play towards tomorrow’s champions, and become a culture focused on innovation."
Reports say that two-time Executive of the Year Bryan Colangelo is being lined up to replace Hinkie in Philadelphia. Colangelo, the 2005 and 2007 NBA executive of the year, is the son of 76ers chairman Jerry Colangelo.