Tearing a team down for a full rebuild is sometimes necessary. When a roster simply isn’t going to amount to much, sometimes it’s best to say goodbye to a lot of players and start again, from the ground up. Here’s Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
While the moves he made weren’t always popular, Hinkie decided to reshape the franchise.
He traded all-star point guard Jrue Holiday on draft night to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie center Nerlens Noel.
He did not re-sign free agents Andrew Bynum, Damien Wilkins, Nick Young, Dorell Wright, Royal Ivey, or Charles Jenkins.
Instead, he made risk-free deals to acquire fringe players who are either in the last year of their deals or have non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts.
Hinkie also acquired the rights to Furkan Idemir (Turkey) and Arsalan Kazami (Iran), two power forwards who are playing professionally overseas.