The Kings are among the teams talking trade with the 76ers about available guard/forward Ben Simmons, and the 76ers apparently would want a large haul in return.
Per Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings 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.
The Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Pacers are among the other teams exploring a trade for Simmons, per Marc Stein of the New York Times. The Raptors are also expected to be a serious suitor.
Simmons is coming off a subpar playoff showing, with the 76ers entering the playoffs as the East’s top seed, then losing to the Hawks in the second round. Simmons either refused to shoot or shot poorly, finishing a historically bad 34 percent on free throws.
Still, he turns just 25 years old next week, and at 6-foot-10 is an accomplished passer, averaging 14.9 points and 6.9 assists. He also finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season. And for all the grief he takes about his jumper, he is a career 56 percent shooter.
Agent Rich Paul has been meeting with 76ers head of basketball operations Daryl Morey to discuss Simmons’ future with the franchise, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.