Ben Simmons trade rumors: 76ers’ asking price ‘too steep’ for Kings

It appears to be like just like the Kings will not be pursuing Ben Simmons forward of the NBA’s Feb. 10 commerce deadline.

The Kings have “ended their pursuit of a take care of the 76ers” for the three-time All-Star, based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sacramento reportedly believes the asking value for Simmons is “too steep” and that “a pathway to reaching an settlement would not exist.”

Wojnarowski provides that the Kings are one of many “most aggressive groups available in the market” and had been as soon as an “keen suitor” for Simmons.

Earlier this month, Wojnarowski reported that some groups have described Philadelphia’s asking value for Simmons as rising, not declining, regardless of him not having performed a single sport this season. NBA insider Marc Stein wrote on his Substack on Friday that it is gotten to the purpose the place the “overwhelming majority” of 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey’s friends shall be stunned if he finds a deal he likes earlier than the commerce deadline.

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What are the 76ers searching for in a Ben Simmons commerce?

In brief, rather a lot.

On Aug. 2, The Athletic’s David Aldridge supplied some perception into what the 76ers are looking for in return for Simmons: 4 future first-round picks and an All-Star caliber participant in “most (however not all) eventualities.”

Which gamers match below the “All-Star caliber” umbrella wasn’t clear on the time, however the 76ers have reportedly expressed some stage of curiosity within the likes of Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jaylen Brown and James Harden within the months since Aldridge’s report was revealed. Lillard and Brown are each below contract for just a few extra seasons, however Beal and Harden each have participant choices of their contracts for 2022-23, making them potential free brokers and sign-and-trade candidates this offseason.

The 76ers appear to be assured that they will have a greater likelihood of getting the star they’re searching for throughout the offseason versus earlier than the commerce deadline.

Extra from Wojnarowski:

Morey and the Sixers have remained dedicated to the assumption that the offseason might ship the supply of higher-profile gamers into the commerce marketplace for Simmons. Together with free company, playoff disappointments typically give groups and star gamers purpose to pursue change, which might provide the Sixers a wider spectrum of choices.

In different phrases, Morey wasn’t mendacity when he stated individuals ought to “buckle in.”


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