The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, and one name that has recently emerged as potentially available in trade talks is Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox. The Kings have had a lot of interest in Fox in recent days, and one team that has reached out to Sacramento is the Philadelphia 76ers, who also have a marquee player they’re actively buying from Ben Simmons. Simmons has yet to play in a game for the Sixers this season after requesting a trade in the summer.
The Sixers and Kings recently discussed a trade involving Simmons and Fox on an exploratory basis, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. However, Philadelphia fans hoping to see Fox play alongside All-Star center Joel Embiid need to pump the brakes as the Sixers have no interest in Fox as the centerpiece of a trade for Simmons, a source says. of the league with direct knowledge of the thinking of the team. The Sixers could potentially acquire Fox as part of a bigger deal, but in this scenario he would be moved to another team. In other words, don’t expect to see Fox in a Sixers uniform anytime soon.
Philadelphia’s affinity for second-year guard Tyrese Maxey is certainly part of the reason the team isn’t interested in Fox. Maxey and Fox have similar skill sets, and Maxey is several years younger than Fox and on a much more manageable contract currently. Additionally, Maxey is shooting 38 percent from 3-point range this season, which is a better percentage than Fox has ever shot in a season. Ultimately, Maxey could potentially even overtake Fox as an overall player.
While Fox’s NBA future likely won’t be in Philadelphia, he also might not be in Sacramento either. The Kings, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, are outside the Western Conference playoff draw again this season, so shaking things up would likely make sense for the organization. Fox is well aware of this.
“You’re definitely thinking about potentially being traded because we’re having a hard time,” Fox said recently, via Yahoo. “If you have a change of scenery, it changes everything. I’ve been here for five years. I’ve built a life here, a family here. But once I’m on the pitch, it’s all out the window. You don’t think of nothing else that can happen outside of your control.
“But I’ve been through deadlines. I’ve seen people get traded at the last second. You try not to think about it, but you know it’s a business and anything can happen. I don’t know what is going to happen. Obviously you see reports on Twitter. Am I worried about this? No. Can it happen? Yeah, it can definitely happen.
Just because the Sixers aren’t interested in Fox doesn’t mean other teams aren’t. Fox has already been in the league for five years, but he is still only 24 years old and, in turn, still has a very high ceiling as a player. He averaged 25 points and seven assists per game last season, and while those numbers are down this season, there’s no reason to think Fox couldn’t thrive in the right situation.