Between their future first-round picks and their collection of young talent, the Sacramento Kings have enough assets to make a trade for an All-Star player, and according to NBA reporter Marc Stein’s latest newsletter on Substack, they have their eyes fixed on a: Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.
Simmons’ contract length, if not the dollars, only adds to his appeal to teams that generally don’t attract free agents. He has four seasons left on his nearly $ 150 million contract – and the team control that comes with that status, in most cases, will outweigh any worries teams might feel about the pressure. that Simmons’ agent Rich Paul can apply to deter the prosecutor.
Just browse through the teams that have already been linked in a Simmons trade: Cleveland, Indiana, Minnesota and Sacramento are known contenders. Toronto has also reportedly expressed interest. Others will emerge.
Simmons’ business scenario in Sacramento is one that has been pitched among Kings fans on Twitter since the 76ers were knocked out of the NBA playoffs and Simmons was then thrown under the bus by his All-Star teammate Joel Embiid and head coach Doc Rivers. But whether or not the Kings get enough for Simmons depends on what the 76ers ask in return for him.
According to a report by Athletic’s Shams Charania On Tuesday, the 76ers want an “All-Star-caliber player” in exchange for Simmons, which at this point in the offseason is to be expected. Last season the Houston rockets asked for an All-Star level player for James Harden and they ended up with Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs and four first-round picks.
If the asking price for Simmons drops in the same way, the Kings could have a chance to close a deal. Just looking at the numbers, a Buddy Hield-centric package, Marvin Bagley III works. Add choice # 10 and there might be some traction.
If Daryl Morey doesn’t budge, the Kings likely won’t have enough to close the deal. The only Kings player who qualifies as an “All-Star” player is De’Aaron Fox and there is no reason to believe that Monte McNair is open to listening to offers for Fox. It’s also safe to say that a Fox for Simmons swap would be a sideways move for the Kings – ideally you want them both.
Whatever conclusion the 76ers come to, we probably won’t know for a bit longer, especially if a high draft pick isn’t what they’re after. In other words, don’t expect a Woj Bomb this weekend.