The Philadelphia 76ers are seeking an All-Star-level player for Ben Simmons, but the only problem for the Kings in this scenario is that they do not have any All-Stars. De’Aaron Fox is their closest player to being an All-Star, but Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee likely will not be on the table in Ben Simmons trade talks.
The two main assets the Kings have to offer up that they have been interested in dealing all offseason long are Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III. Earlier in the offseason, there appeared to be a deal in place that would send Buddy Hield to the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade package that would send Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma and other assets to the Kings, but then the Lakers backed out of this deal when they were able to acquire Russell Westbrook.
With Hield and Bagley both being “on the block” and the Kings being highly interested in Ben Simmons, it seems like there is a potential deal to be had here. Pairing Simmons with Fox, Haliburton, Barnes and Holmes could finally make the Kings a somewhat relevant team in the Western Conference, but again, the 76ers want an All-Star in return for their All-Star.
Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III does not seem like enough value for the Sixers to get in return, which is why a third team would likely have to be involved in this trade.
Along with the Timberwolves, the Sacramento Kings have been one of the more aggressive teams in pursuing Ben Simmons, which is why it should not come as a shock to see them end up with him come Opening Night.