Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/28/13
With one shocking trade, the 76ers may finally be contenders in the East. In 2016. In his first major moves as general manager, Sam Hinkie proved he wasn't afraid to shake up the Sixers: - Trade an All-Star? Check. - Land a potential impact player? Done. - Load up on draft picks for a rich 2014 class? You got it. - Clear cash to make a serious run at franchise-altering free agents? Check, again. No matter who coaches them, the Sixers may be loitering near the Eastern Conference basement again this season. But they're suddenly in a better position to succeed and shake the malaise that has gripped the franchise for the better part of the last 12 seasons. ''That won't come overnight. That's not a surprise,'' Hinkie said. ''That doesn't make me Dr. Doom to say it won't come overnight.'' The first chip came when Hinkie, hired away from Houston last month, sent All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and his $41 million contract to New Orleans for Kentucky's Nerlens Noel. Noel was pro...
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