Ben Simmons trade rumours: 76ers asking price ‘too high’ for Kings
It looks like the Kings won’t be pursuing Ben Simmons again before the February 10 NBA trade deadline.
The Kings have “ended their pursuit of a deal with the 76ers” for the three-time All-Star, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sacramento reportedly believes the asking price for Simmons is “too high” and that “there is no way to reach an agreement.”
Wojnarowski adds that the Kings are one of the “most aggressive teams out there” and were once an “ardent suitor” for Simmons.
In the two weeks leading up to the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline, the Kings believe the asking price for Simmons is too high and there is no path to a deal with the Sixers, sources said. .
— Adrien Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2022
Earlier this month, Wojnarowski reported that some teams described Philadelphia’s asking price for Simmons as growing, not falling, despite having played no games that season. NBA Insider Marc Stein wrote on his Substack on Friday that he’s gotten to the point where the “overwhelming majority” of 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey’s peers will be surprised if he finds a deal he likes before the deadline Exchanges.
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What are the 76ers looking for in a Ben Simmons trade?
In short, a lot.
On August 2, David Aldridge of The Athletic provided an overview in what the 76ers are looking for in exchange for Simmons: four future first-round picks and an All-Star-caliber player in “most (but not all) scenarios.”
Which players fit into “All-Star caliber” was unclear at the time, but the 76ers have reportedly expressed interest in Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jaylen Brown and James Harden in the months since Aldridge. report has been published. Lillard and Brown are both under contract for a few more seasons, but Beal and Harden both have player options in their contracts for 2022-23, making them potential free agents and candidates for signing and signing. exchange this offseason.
The 76ers seem confident they’ll have a better chance of getting the star they’re looking for in the offseason rather than before the trade deadline.
Morey and the Sixers remained committed to the belief that the offseason could provide the availability of top players in the commercial market for Simmons. Along with free agency, playoff disappointments often give star teams and players a reason to pursue change, which could give the Sixers a wider range of options.
In other words, Morey wasn’t lying when he said people should “tie up.”