By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New Sixer Joel Embiid is commonly glorified for his hilarious Twitter activity. In fact, his account @JoelEmbiid has quickly become one of the most popular accounts to follow in Philadelphia.

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Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, who is often criticized—fair or unfair—for his lack of media attention, is all for Embiid having some fun on the Twitterverse.

“I told him I wanted him [Embiid] to take over my Twitter account,” Hinkie said, who went on to say he believes Embiid has found the perfect threshold about being entertaining on Twitter.

In case you were wondering, Hinkie does—unofficially—have a Twitter account (@SamHinkie).

As for the important stuff goes, like the Sixers recent trade that became official over the weekend, Hinkie did address that and much more in a conference call with media members on Tuesday afternoon. He opened with praise for Thaddeus Young, raving about Young on and off-the-court as a player and a person.

Some of the highlights include:

On the Sixers trade of Thaddeus Young to Minnesota for Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and a 2015 first-round pick (top-ten protected) from Miami:

“No one anticipates Miami will be in the top-ten,” Hinkie said, as he mentioned the draft pick first when answering why the Sixers made the trade. “I think this is a move that moves the program forward. You don’t see many 1st rounders trading hands these days.”

On the potential NBA draft lottery changes:

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“I think it’s all in the preliminary stages,” Hinkie said. “I think we’re a team, like a lot of teams, that the draft will continue to be an important part of what we do.”

On Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters rumors:

Hinkie shot those down instantly, saying he hasn’t had any conversations about either of those players.

“If you look at rumors out there about us, a very small portion of them end up being true.”

And for all the critics who rip Hinkie for not addressing the media enough:

“We have time for one more .”


“Oh come on, not even one?,” Hinkie asked.


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