Sam Hinkie

Sixers GM says he never had conversations about acquiring Anthony Bennett


The Sixers were a late addition to the trade between the Cavaliers and the Timberwolves that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, but like so many of the team’s moves over the past two seasons, they weren’t looking to get anything in return that might help their chances of winning in the upcoming season.

Philadelphia ended up sending Thaddeus Young, its last remaining veteran talent on the roster, to Minnesota in exchange for Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute — two players that are expected to remain, but won’t do much in the way of increasing the team’s competitive chances.

It’s worth wondering if the Sixers might have been able to land Anthony Bennett in the deal, the top overall pick in the 2013 draft who underwhelmed in his rookie season, but looked much sharper during this year’s Summer League in Las Vegas. But GM Sam Hinkie said acquiring Bennett wasn’t something that was ever discussed.

From Tom Moore of The Intelligencer:

“I can tell you unequivocally we didn’t have any conversations about (Bennett),” the Sixers’ general manager said during a 30-minute conference call Tuesday.

The Sixers ended up trading veteran forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota on Saturday for the expiring contracts of Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved, as well as the Heat’s top-10 protected 2015 first-round pick. A deal for Bennett, as well as the Sixers’ interest in him, had been reported earlier this month.

Hinkie called it “a move we think moves our program forward. One (thing) that matters is a first-round pick in the ‘15 draft. That’s important. You don’t see a lot of first-rounders trading hands.”

Essentially, Hinkie valued a future first round pick more than what he believes a previous one in Bennett will ultimately become, and given the team’s current strategy, that makes a significant amount of sense.

While the pick they received is top-10 protected, the Heat should easily be good enough next season to avoid finishing the year as a lottery team. If all goes as planned, this gives the Sixers have another opportunity to swing for the fences in the draft, in hopes of landing a superstar talent that will change the course of the franchise.

Report: Matt Barnes attacked Derek Fisher, who’s dating Barnes’ estranged wife

Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Russell Westbrook

Matt Barnes is an instigator. He has been arrested for domestic violence. He also had a weird thing where he implied he was dating Rihanna only for her to claim they’d never never met.

Which is to say this is believable – that the Grizzlies forward attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources said Fisher was at the LA home of Gloria Govan — Barnes’ estranged wife​,​ who stars on “Basketball Wives LA” — on Saturday. Fisher and Govan have been dating for “a few months,” a source said, after Fisher filed to divorce his wife of 10 years, Candace, in March.

But when Barnes learned that Fisher was at his former home with Gloria, he drove 95 miles to LA to “beat the s–t” out of Fisher, sources said.

“Derek was in Gloria’s back yard with about 10 people having a bonfire on ​​Saturday,” said a source. “Derek’s separated from his wife and there’s a relationship with [Gloria].”

The source added, “Barnes was in Santa Barbara [at Memphis Grizzlies training camp] and heard that Fisher was in his house. He went crazy. He got in his car and went to the house and went after Fisher.”

​A source close to Fisher ​confirmed the fight but said, “Matt came after Derek but he only had a few scratches … Derek’s not going to press charges, he’s going to let it go.”

Even if Fisher – who missed practice Monday for what the Knicks called “personal reasons” – isn’t pressing charges, the NBA is investigating.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

This is a weird jurisdictional issue, especially if no criminal charges are filed. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the league punishes Barnes – a former Lakers teammate of Fisher – if it finds evidence to support the Post’s description of events.

Caron Butler details Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun incident

Caron Butler

Caron Butler wrote an autobiography, a recently published excerpt details his accounting of the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun incident when they were with the Wizards.

An excerpt of the excerpt in The Washington Post:

When I entered the locker room, I thought I had somehow been transported back to my days on the streets of Racine. Gilbert was standing in front of his two locker stalls, the ones previously used by Michael Jordan, with four guns on display. Javaris was standing in front of his own stall, his back to Gilbert.

“Hey, MF, come pick one,” Gilbert told Javaris while pointing to the weapons. “I’m going to shoot your [expletive] with one of these.”

“Oh no, you don’t need to shoot me with one of those,” said Javaris, turning around slowly like a gunslinger in the Old West. “I’ve got one right here.”

He pulled out his own gun, already loaded, cocked it, and pointed it at Gilbert.

Other players who had been casually arriving, laughing and joking with each other, came to a sudden halt, their eyes bugging out. It took them only a few seconds to realize this was for real, a shootaround of a whole different nature. They all looked at each other and then they ran, the last man out locking the door behind him.

Somebody outside the locker room called 911. Flip Saunders was the coach back then, but he was too scared to even come into the locker room.

Click through to read the entire excerpt. It’s captivating.

Arenas is essentially retired and still spouting off silly takes.

Crittenton is currently serving a 23-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

Butler plays for the Kings.