The Ben Simmons saga continues.
In case you positioned a wager that 76ers guard Ben Simmons could be traded to the Kings, which had the second-best odds at +400 odds heading into this season, effectively, we have some unhealthy information for you. (Word: Minnesota had the very best odds at +300.)
Whereas Sacramento has been lively in commerce conversations lately, the franchise doesn’t need to transfer guards De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton, based on The Athletic’s Shams Charania. In a report revealed Wednesday, Charania revealed the Kings brass spoke to Fox and his agent, Chris Gaston of Household First Sports activities, telling them the group needs to “heart the workforce round” Fox and Haliburton.
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If the Kings actually aren’t fascinated about buying and selling Fox or Haliburton earlier than the Feb. 10 commerce deadline — there are all the time loads of smokescreens to navigate round this a part of the NBA calendar — then their purpose of buying Simmons would turn into much more difficult.
Sacramento’s curiosity within the three-time All-Star is well-documented, however Philadelphia president of basketball operations Daryl Morey hasn’t backed down from his excessive asking worth. Fox or Haliburton could be the centerpiece of any hypothetical Simmons deal between the 76ers and Kings, so it appears as if Sacramento is off the desk as a Simmons touchdown spot, except the entrance workplace modifications its stance or entails a 3rd workforce. Morey doesn’t seem fascinated about accepting just a few position gamers and NBA Draft picks when he has already held out this lengthy.
Who else may the Kings commerce?
The Kings may hypothetically store Marvin Bagley III, Buddy Hield, Richaun Holmes or Harrison Barnes in a deal to stability the cash it might take to accumulate Simmons.
- Bagley III has an expiring contract at $11.3 million.
- Hield signed a four-year, $94 million contract extension in 2019 and is ready to make $22.4 million this season.
- Barnes signed four-year, $85 million contract in 2019, as effectively.
- Holmes signed four-year, $46.5 million contract this previous offseason and has a 15 p.c commerce kicker connected to his deal, so transferring him appears the least possible.
- Simmons signed a four-year, $169.5 million extension in 2019 and is on the books for $31.6 million this season, which escalates to $38.6 million by the top of the deal.
(Moreover, it is value noting the Kings do not need to take again Tobias Harris as a part of a Simmons deal, based on The Athletic’s Sam Amick. The Sixers have reportedly been making an attempt to connect Harris to some Simmons trades, however his huge contract shall be a significant hurdle in any discussions.)
Simmons would be the largest title to observe because the commerce deadline approaches, but it surely’s potential he stays on Philadelphia’s roster via the top of the season. In a latest e-newsletter, NBA insider Marc Stein defined why Morey may press pause on a Simmons commerce till the summer time:
Maybe he has additionally been offered on an idea that executives with a rising variety of rival groups say they see as Morey’s new most popular state of affairs: Conserving Simmons past the commerce deadline to exhaust each final risk for executing an advanced sign-and-trade within the offseason that lastly brings James Harden to Philadelphia and routes Simmons to Brooklyn.
Difficult is a well mannered description for such a deal, because the Sixers could be hard-capped by taking Harden in by way of sign-and-trade and would thus should shed extra wage than simply Simmons’ contract based on the league’s luxury-tax guidelines to make it work financially. But it should be famous that there’s sufficient noise circulating leaguewide about Harden’s reported openness to relocation this summer time — after he turned down a profitable extension from the Nets in October — to offer Morey the encouragement he wants to attend.
Harden is clearly in a special tier than Fox or Haliburton, and he would considerably increase the Sixers’ ceiling. However pursuing him additionally brings a special set of challenges and questions.
Is Harden actually out there? Can the 76ers determine tips on how to assemble that commerce? Are they prepared to take an enormous zero from Simmons’ roster spot whereas Joel Embiid performs at an MVP stage proper now?
Yep, the saga continues.