The 76ers are continuing their pursuit of a Ben Simmons trade, engaging in conversations with multiple teams with the Feb. 10 deadline just a few weeks away.
Per Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Pacers and Raptors are among the teams that have spoken to the 76ers in exploring a potential Simmons deal.
As far as the Pacers go, the name being mentioned most lately is power forward Domantas Sabonis, who has also been linked to the Kings and others. Sabonis, center Myles Turner and guard/forward Caris LeVert are said to be the available Pacers.
Meanwhile, the 76ers also spoke to the Raptors about forward Pascal Siakam, per Charania and Amick. The Raptors have long been linked to Simmons, who has been sitting out the season as both he and Philadelphia seek a trade.
That said, while Sabonis and Siakam have come up in talks, the 76ers aren’t sold on either being “championship-altering, perfect fits on the roster,” Charania and Amick reported.
“Sabonis, 25, would make exactly zero sense for the Sixers in a trade unless he was rerouted to a different city in a multi-team deal,” wrote Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report. “… Siakam would be a questionable fit as well and would only make sense if the team also dealt Tobias Harris to make room at the 4.”
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- In case you missed it, the 76ers do seem very willing to attach Harris to a Simmons trade, something that was apparently floated in their talks with the Hawks for John Collins and draft picks. Read more about that right here.
- Along with the Kings and 76ers, the Hornets are among the teams that have expressed an interest in Sabonis, sources told Hoops Wire. They also have been linked to Turner since this past offseason.
- The Hornets also reportedly have expressed an interest in Simmons, as we relayed earlier.
- Finally, the sense is that the Raptors don’t intend to aggressively pursue any sort of trade centered on Siakam, though they are open to receiving calls and floating his name.