Sixers: 3 possible Ben Simmons trades with Kings

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The Sacramento Kings have loomed large in the Ben Simmons rumor mill lately, despite a reported reluctance to trade 23-year-old De’Aaron Fox. While the Kings lack elite assets outside of Fox, there’s enough smoke to consider the possible avenues to a deal with Sacramento.

Should the Kings eventually budge on their Fox declaration, then it’s simple enough — the Sixers shouldn’t need much more than Fox to swipe right on an offer. If Sacramento does indeed commit to Fox and Simmons as a duo, then it may take a little more creativity.

So, let’s get creative.

3 possible Ben Simmons trades between Sixers & Kings: The simple swap

76ers Get

De’Aaron Fox

Kings Get

Ben Simmons

Well, would ya look at that. If the Kings budge on Fox — and believe me, a lot of the early posturing will dissipate as negotiations intensify — then there’s plenty to suggest this swap would be of mutual benefit. Sacramento gets a defensive backbone, while maintaining its transition offense and replacing one prolific playmaker with another. The Sixers get a more traditional point guard to man the offense next to Joel Embiid.

Fox does not shoot as well as, say, CJ McCollum, but he’s young and attempted over five 3s per game last season — high enough volume to keep the defense engaged. He’s also the fastest end-to-end player in the NBA, with a lightning-quick first step…

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