Kings have an interest in acquiring Sixers star Ben Simmons


The Philadelphia 76ers are still figuring out what to do with this Ben Simmons predicament as they continue to move forward with the 2021-22 season. They have to decide if they want to try and fix the fences or if they always try to acquire a top 25 player for him in any deal.

The Sixers have maintained that their asking price for Simmons is high and it always will be as this whole situation unfolds, but it gets to the point that they may not be able to get exactly what they want. want for him.

The Sixers have held firm in hopes of acquiring Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal, but it looks like those two players are out of reach at the moment. As the February 10 trade deadline approaches, now is the time for the teams to take a step and the Sixers should be active in a deal with Simmons.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, the Sacramento Kings are a team with a vested interest in acquiring Simmons that they are even making De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton available after saying those two weren’t options to move.

By Amick:

And while the Kings would prefer to continue building around De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton, their strong appetite to improve means that no player is off the table in terms of potential talks.

Wherever there is an impact player that can be had, in other words, they will explore the possibilities. And yes, as you’d probably expect, that includes Ben Simmons from Philadelphia.

While I reported in early September that a Kings-Simmons looked highly unlikely, it was long before team officials had a chance to see almost a half-season of play (mostly less). The interest of Sacramento is there.

While Fox has a questionable fit next to a guy like Joel Embiid, acquiring Haliburton would be a great addition to this squad. Haliburton is averaging 13.3 points and 6.9 assists in his second season in the league and he’s shooting 42.4 percent from depths. Those numbers would fit perfectly alongside Embiid and Tyrese Maxey going forward.

Getting back to Simmons, it would be hard to see President Daryl Morey settle for less than one of the top 25 to put alongside Embiid to wrestle. This process could still extend deep into the season and even into the summer, as Amick added:

Still, sources claim the Sixers – who have been chasing an All-Star in exchange for Simmons for so long now – have continued to demand a massive comeback while frustrating some suitors along the way. As such, some team leaders remain convinced that Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey is still waiting for Portland’s Damian Lillard or Washington’s Bradley Beal to be available down the line (that is- that is, this summer at the earliest).

It’ll be interesting to see how all of this plays out with Simmons as the Sixers begin to figure out their moves for the deadline.

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