Sam Hinkie is making moves -- and cleaning up some of the mistakes made by the Sixers’ previous front office regime. Early Thursday, the Sixers sent Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Earl Clark, Henry Sims and two second-round draft picks. The story was initially reported by Yahoo! Sports and later confirmed by CSNPhilly.com. In the Cleveland trade, the Sixers also dropped their current payroll commitments to about $13.4 million below the NBA salary cap. That, in turn, allowed them to take on some salary and help facilitate other trades with other teams -- which is what happened Thursday afternoon in a three-team deal between the Sixers, Nuggets and Wizards. The Sixers received Eric Maynor and two future second-round picks in the swap. Maynor will make $2.06 million this season and has a player option for $2.1 million next season. The Sixers' cap flexibility allowed the deal to get made by all parties, but the interesting part is the second-round picks the Sixers got in return. The Sixers currently have five second-round picks for the 2014 draft. In Thursday’s three-way trade, the Sixers landed a 2015 second-round pick from the Wizards and a 2016 second-round pick from the Nuggets. If no other moves are made -- and that’s a big if -- the Sixers could potentially use the Washington and Denver second-rounders to pay down the debt from the Arnett Moultrie acquisition.
Maynor trade will help Sixers pay for Moultrie
CSN Philly | Feb 20