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Sam Hinkie went out in a swift, long-winded bang.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Hinkie had no interest in reporting to Jerry Colangelo nor watching ownership court his son Bryan either.

Hinkie wrote a 13-page letter, explaining the thought process behind his resignation:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Sixers are in advanced negotiations to add Bryan Colangelo — two-time former NBA Executive of the Year and son of Jerry — to the front office, which is among the factors that prompted Hinkie to step aside.

In a 13-page letter to members of the Sixers’ ownership group, obtained by ESPN.com, Hinkie wrote: “There has been much criticism of our approach. There will be more. A competitive league like the NBA necessitates a zig while our competitors comfortably zag. We often chose not to defend ourselves against much of the criticism, largely in an effort to stay true to the ideal of having the longest view in the room.

“… Given all the changes to our organization, I no longer have the confidence that I can make good decisions on behalf of investors in the Sixers — you. So I should step down. And I have.”

One source close to the situation described Bryan Colangelo’s appointment with the Sixers as “imminent.”

-- Glenn Erby

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