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76ers hire Sam Hinkie as GM

The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Houston Rockets executive Sam Hinkie to be the franchise's new president and general manager, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Hinkie will replace Tony DiLeo with the 76ers and assume full control of basketball operations.

Hinkie, who had been the Rockets' vice president of basketball operations since 2007, met with 76ers officials a year about the job, but the team ultimately promoted DiLeo to the GM role. Philadelphia president Rod Thorn is retiring this spring and assuming a consultant's role with the organization. Doug Collins resigned as coach at season's end.

Hinkie has had a major influence in reshaping the Rockets franchise, bringing an analytics background to the organization's strong run of draft picks, trades and free-agent signings. Houston GM Daryl Morey finished third in the voting among his peers for Executive of the Year.

Hinkie will spearhead the organization's search for a new head coach. The 76ers have several significant decisions to make this offseason, including how to approach the pending free agency of center Andrew Bynum.

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