Kings Shopping Ninth Overall Pick, Still Linked To Ben Simmons

The Kings are shopping the No. 9 overall draft pick in search of immediate help, per Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.Monte McNair

Sacramento hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006 and is looking to take the next step after finishing 31-41 and just missing the play-in game. One player the Kings are said to be pursuing is 76ers star guard/forward Ben Simmons, though it is not known if the No. 9 pick is involved in those talks.

The Hoops Wire mock draft has the Kings selecting Gonzaga shooting guard Corey Kispert. O’Connor projects them to take Michigan small forward Franz Wagner.

“If they keep it, Wagner is the type of prospect who could contribute immediately as a versatile defender who can hit spot-up 3s,” O’Connor wrote.

As for the possibility of Simmons, word is, the 76ers are asking a king’s ransom.

Per Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee, Kings general manager Monte McNair would have to send a minimum of three first-round picks to the Sixers in a deal for Simmons, with the trade possibly “centered around” Sacramento shooting guard Buddy Hield and center Marvin Bagley.

Meanwhile, Anderson cited a second source as saying the 76ers wouldn’t be interested in a trade with the Kings unless guard De’Aaron Fox or guard Tyrese Haliburton were included. It is believed the Kings are keeping Fox off limits in talks with the 76ers, or for that matter, anyone else who might ask.

Of course, the Kings could potentially try to convince Philadelphia that “Hield’s elite 3-point shooting and Bagley’s unrealized potential could be appealing if a better deal doesn’t materialize,” as Anderson wrote.

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