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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have hired Sam Hinkie as team president and general manager.

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The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal is not official. Hinkie, a former Houston Rockets assistant general manager, was the top choice by owner Joshua Harris to oversee the rebuilding of the beleaguered franchise.

Tony DiLeo is out after one full season as Sixers general manager. He was with the organization for 22 years, and was widely credited - and now blamed - for orchestrating the botched deal for center Andrew Bynum. Hinkie must now hire a coach after Doug Collins resigned following three seasons.

Philadelphia went to the playoffs in Collins' first two seasons, and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. But with Bynum injured all season, the 76ers stumbled to a 34-48 finish this season.

Collins has remained with the franchise as an adviser, and has one year left on his original four-year deal worth $4.5 million, but is now in the background of a major reconstruction project that Harris, Hinkie and a new coach will tackle.

Bynum never played for the Sixers because of bone bruises in both knees. He insisted from training camp he would play this season, only to shut it down for good on March 18 and undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees. Bynum earned $16.5 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Bynum is one of six free agents for the Sixers, who are devoid of any real assets. Jrue Holiday was an All-Star in his third full season and joined Wilt Chamberlain as the two players in the franchise's 50-year history to average more than 17 points and eight assists for an entire season.

Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are solid assets. But those two standouts - along with Holiday - weren't enough to help lead the Sixers back to the postseason.

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