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Could Tristan Thompson Be The Kings Secret Weapon?

Is Monte McNair playing 4D chess in his pursuit of Ben Simmons?

The Sacramento Kings have been been included as serious suitors in pretty much every Ben Simmons rumor since the offseason officially got underway. It's no secret that Monte McNair would like to level up his roster by acquiring a bona fide star, but it hasn't been made clear yet just how far he'd be willing to go to make a deal like that happen.

Earlier this month, reports out of Philly indicated that Daryl Morey wasn't going to rush into any deals, they'd remain patient, Simmons would not come cheap, and the 76ers would be perfectly content bringing Ben back if need be. And while I'm sure that's how Morey would prefer this whole process to play out, it seems fairly clear now that it will not. In fact, Ben Simmons and his mega-agent Rich Paul have basically said as much through the press.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the relationship is apparently so damaged that Klutch wants Tyrese Maxey out of Philly as well.

Rich Paul has asserted himself in recent seasons as one the most powerful agents in the game and he has a history of dictating where his clients end up.

Enter secret weapon and confusing King's trade acquisition: Tristan Thompson.

It had honestly slipped my mind that Ben Simmons was represented by Klutch Sports Group until the Maxey reports leaked earlier this afternoon. Upon being reminded of this and subsequently considering how much influence Rich Paul would likely have on the Ben Simmons discussions, I decided to do some digging into the rest of his client list.

It was there I discovered the secret value of Klutch Sports Group's client, Tristan Trevor James Thompson.

Obviously there's the Kardashian connection but it also appears Thompson and Simmons are legit buddies.

They spent an offseason working out together.

They buy cakes for each other.

And they even test-drive Lambos together!

So while Ben Simmons is rumored to only want to play for one of three California teams, it would appear that Monte McNair has been doing whatever he can to make sure Sacramento is on the short list.

I never understood why we would trade Delon Wright for Tristan Thompson. I have nothing against him but the fit is pretty weird and the reasoning just never made sense, but after diving down this weird rabbit hole it suddenly felt like Monte McNair was limping out of my office only to turn into Keyser Söze the moment he hit the sidewalk.

Does Delon Wright need better friends? Is Monte McNair playing 4D chess?

"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. - Verbal Kint"
- Monte McNair

 

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RobHessing
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August 31, 2021 4:23 pm

The Kardashiangz!

Malrock
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August 31, 2021 4:36 pm

Monte has left 4d chess behind and is now on 6d chess. He has been luring Simmons this whole time.

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August 31, 2021 7:24 pm
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When you start throwing Maxey into the mix, well that’s just nuts. I expect that if it went through, we’d still only have one Tyrese.

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August 31, 2021 7:33 pm
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I’d be shocked to see Monte trade his 1st draft pick, especially when it turned out to be arguably the 2nd or 3rd (possibly 1st down the line) best pick of the draft and seems to have innate leadership abilities. Though, admittedly, I also don’t see Fox as the cornerstone of a title contender. So that also can cloud my vision and make Fox more expendable for me.

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September 1, 2021 9:14 am
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Not only has Monte wrapped up a deal for Simmons, he also has a plan to trade him in two years for a star rookie.

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August 31, 2021 4:38 pm

I love this article so very much

RobHessing
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August 31, 2021 4:39 pm

They shoot like each other!

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August 31, 2021 4:39 pm

Why can’t we get Kendall Jenner’s NBA sqeeze Devin Booker? No, we have to fish in the Kardashian side of the family.

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August 31, 2021 5:52 pm
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Simmons was dating Kendall Jenner before Booker.

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August 31, 2021 6:04 pm
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she knew to dump his ass

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August 31, 2021 6:42 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

Maybe you two can start a gossip column on TKH. 🤙

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September 1, 2021 3:27 am
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BB players dribble before they shoot but Simmons can only dribble!

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