You can imagine the bittersweet mixture of sadness, gratitude, and relief 76ers fans must be feeling this evening. Today, in a flurry of moves executed just before the NBA's annual trading deadline, general manager and president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie finally pulled the plug on a beloved but aging core of players who gave the city of Philadelphia years of great basketball, but never quite made their way over the top to a championship. If he perhaps rode with this battle-tested gang one half-season too many, no one could say they hadn't earned it—just as no one who watched the once-great team stagger into the All-Star break with an unsightly 12-41 record could deny that, yes, at last, it's time to rebuild.
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