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Sixers hire Hinkie as new president/GM

Houston Rockets executive is a proponent of analytics as a way to improve team performance.

The Sixers have hired Sam Hinkie to be the new president of of basketball operations and general manager, the Daily News has learned from sources close to the situation.

Tony DiLeo, who had been the GM, was fired.

Hinkie had been the vice president of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets. He is a big proponent of analytics, the basketball equivalent of baseball's sabermetrics.

Hinkie had been with the Rockets since 2005. A graduate of Stanford's MBA program, he also had advised NFL teams on draft strategies and other ways to improve through statistical probability.

Hinkie's deal is for multiple years - perhaps 3 or 4 - according to sources.

The Sixers are coming off a disappointing 34-48 season, lowlighted by Andrew Bynum's inability to play because of injury.

Just after the season ended, coach Doug Collins stepped down, though he is remaining with the team in an advisory role. Former president Rod Thorn also serves in an advisory capacity.