By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We haven’t heard much from Sam Hinkie lately (or ever really), who still hasn’t spoken publicly since resigning as Sixers general manager in early April.

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But a new ESPN The Magazine piece by Jordan Brenner ran on ESPN.com Wednesday morning, and Hinkie — during a March conversation — seemed to be anticipating his departure from the Sixers.

“So many of my friends will tell me, ‘Don’t do that. Don’t try that. It’s going to end poorly. They’ll run you out,'” Hinkie said via ESPN.com. “And that’s the reason to do it, because fear has been the motivating factor for way too many people for way too long. There’s a huge agency problem in the whole business, particularly in my role: Keep the job.”

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The piece also reveals anonymous quotes from other NBA executives, some of which praises Hinkie.

Brenner also reported in the piece that more than 12 “league sources” say that commissioner Adam Silver — who did acknowledge his minor role — had more “involvement” in the hiring of Jerry Colangelo “than he has let on.”

“By stepping in and facilitating the Jerry Colangelo move in Philadelphia, then, Silver sent a message: Gross incompetence is acceptable; strategic gaming of a flawed system is not,” Brenner wrote.

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You can read the full piece on Hinkie here, titled: The man who just can’t win: Sam Hinkie (finally) speaks.