After signing former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets needed to clear some cap space to afford his contract. The Philadelphia 76ers initially helped the Rockets by taking Royce White of Daryl Morey’s ledger via a trade.
On Tuesday, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie added a pair of former Rockets who too were forced out to make room for Howard.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers added small forward James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht. Neither player had a chance to make it to free agency as Hinkie quickly signed them off waivers.
Both Anderson and Ohlbrecht are signed through the 2014-15 season, however, nothing in their contracts are guaranteed at this time. Both players will also be on the Sixers camp roster makes opening night team a possibility.
The 76ers now have 11 players under contract at the half way point in July.
There still isn’t any word on a new head coach and the names remain the same for the most part. And there are some who believe that Hinkies patience will pay off down the road. And Sixers assistant Michael Curry agrees with the “patience pays off” theory.
“I respect the fact that he wants to and needs to interview a lot of candidates because it has to be a good fit,” Curry tells The Philadelphia Inquirer. “And if I’m the one that I feel like I’m a good fit and he feels like I’m a good fit, I’ll end up being the coach.”
Others included in the list of candidates are assistant coaches Brett Brown (Spurs), Chris Finch (Rockets), David Fizdale (Heat), Melvin Hunt (Nuggets) and Kelvin Sampson (Rockets).
The fact of the matter is the Sixers have been relatively obsolete for over a decade. Hinkie knows that with some digging and due diligence a candidate will emerge whose ideas and theories resemble what his vision of the Sixers is. Hinkie has an opportunity to start fresh and is looking for someone to bring a fresh perspective to the organization. Obviously a guy who comes from a winning culture would be ideal which is why you have to think Fizdale is high on his list.
Curry on the other hand is entering his fourth season with the Sixers. Prior to joining the Sixers he was the head coach of the Detroit Piston (2008-09) taking them to the playoffs in his brief stay as head coach. So it’s also safe to assume there is a level of comfort Hinkie has to have as a new GM knowing his head coach has current ties with the team and prior experience, albeit brief, coaching in the league.