RUMOR: Sixers’ crazy demand to trade Ben Simmons to Kings
Ben Simmons has reportedly given the Philadelphia 7ers an ultimatum to trade him, indicating his desire to leave the team and not attend training camp in the process. With trade machines cranking up various scenarios for the Sixers to move the Australian playmaker, the Sacramento Kings have emerged as one of the favorites to land Simmons.
According to PointsBet, the Kings are tied with the Portland Trail Blazers as the teams with the best odds to trade for the want-away Sixers guard. Meanwhile, BetMGM gave Sacramento the third-best chance to get Simmons.
However, while it seems a Kings-Simmons partnership is highly possible, the Sixers’ asking price might put a wrench in those plans. Apparently, Philly wants De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton in any package for the 25-year-old point-forward, per Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee.
As for Sacramento, sources have suggested the 76ers would only be willing to consider an offer that includes De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton. The Kings are unlikely to part with either player, but they can offer Buddy Hield, a prolific 3-point shooter who would space the floor for Joel Embiid; Marvin Bagley III, a former No. 2 pick who has yet to reach his potential; and other assets, including multiple first-round draft picks.
As reported previously, it’s unlikely for the Kings to do the deal. While Tyrese Haliburton’s name is a new one in the said trade talks, Sacramento values him so much and sees him as key piece of their future.
Nonetheless with the Sixers being forced to trade Ben Simmons, they might want to re-open negotiations and lower their asking price. After all, should they settle for Hield and Bagley, they could very get a package involving multiple draft picks.