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Report: Kings not engaged in trade talks for Ben Simmons

It doesn't seem as though Ben Simmons is coming to Sacramento anytime soon.

Over the last few weeks, just about everything that could go wrong for the Sacramento Kings has, outside of major injuries. After a strong 5-4 start to the season, the Kings have dropped eight of their last nine games, with those losses coming at an average of 10.5 points per game. That horrific stretch cost Luke Walton his job, but Alvin Gentry's promotion didn't do much to spur the team to greatness, as they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, despite the fact that the Sixers were quite literally missing their entire starting lineup.

With the team falling apart before the season has hardly begun, the timeline for Monte McNair's theoretical big trade may be fast approaching in order to save the season before it's totally lost, but according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Kings aren't engaged in talks to acquire the only star player currently available, Ben Simmons:

"And despite strong preseason chatter that a slow start in Sacramento could lead to a potential Ben Simmons trade with Philadelphia, there remains no significant current discussion between the Sixers and Kings. Fox and Tyrese Halliburton are still deemed unavailable, and second-year standout Tyrese Maxey has emerged as a legitimate starting point guard in Philadelphia."

Such a revelation isn't exactly shocking, as the same mantra of starters De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton being off of the table in those discussions has been broadcast since Simmons was put on the block, but it's important to note that the Sixers may not be enticed by those names even if they were added to the negotiations. Tyrese Maxey has been an absolute stud for Philadelphia this season, averaging 18.7 points and 4.6 assists on 51/39/89 shooting splits, and many would say that Maxey has been better than Fox this season, as he's putting up similar numbers on much better efficiency. And that's not even accounting for the difference in the two young guards' salaries and ages. Maxey is almost three years younger than Fox, and his salary is $26 million cheaper.

From Sacramento's perspective, a potential Simmons deal would solve a myriad of defensive issues that this team is facing, as well as address the festering wound that is the starting forward slot next to Harrison Barnes, but the Kings would undoubtedly need to surrender one of Fox or Haliburton in such a deal. Simmons' addition would also create further spacing issues for a team already struggling to knock down shots from beyond the arc, and his fit with either one of Fox or Haliburton would be questionable at best. And even if all of those issues were resolved, it's possible that the Sixers very much prefer the potential and low cost of Tyrese Maxey over either one of Sacramento's guards. Daryl Morey may simply wait for a bigger and better deal.

Sacramento's season is quickly falling apart, and if they don't turn things around, and turn them around soon, they're going to find themselves competing for lottery position, rather than a playoff spot, but a big-name trade for a player of Ben Simmons' caliber probably isn't on the horizon. It'll be up to the current roster to figure things out before the Kings find themselves trudging through another lost season.

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Hippity_Hop_Barbershop
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November 23, 2021 2:13 pm

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Carl
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November 23, 2021 2:19 pm

As much as I like Tyrese, everyone needs to be on the table for the right deal. Realistically, they probably are.

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November 23, 2021 2:21 pm
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From what I’ve seen, Haliburton’s only plus for this team is he can unlock Holmes’s offense. Other than that, I haven’t seen any leap from him and his 2 draft class peers (LaMelo and Ant Edwards) have leaped buildings over him in terms of development. We anti-developed Tyrese somehow.

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November 23, 2021 2:29 pm
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Tyrese can run the pick and roll. Other than that, he has not shown much improvement. Decent three-point shot. Not much else on offense. And way too many times he leaps with no clue where he’s gonna pass the ball.

He gets some steals, but not a great on-ball defender.

He’s a nice solid piece, but he has a long way to go to become a truly valuable player

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November 23, 2021 2:32 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

Agreed. And I’ve gone back and forth on whether Mitchell’s offense would translate quickly, and the answer so far is a hard no. His shot looks OK, so I’m really hoping it comes around later this season or next season. I can’t say I’m not concerned, however.

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November 23, 2021 4:49 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

And way too many times he leaps with no clue where he’s gonna pass the ball.

You might have a point if he didn’t have better than a 3:1 A/TO ratio. The guy is a very efficient offensive player that makes everyone around him better. He’s become a plus defender as well (one of only two players on the Kings with a positive Defensive BPM).
AE is still a bit inefficient and has a similar PER to Tyrese at this point. AE’s stats look great because of high usage. Lamelo Ball is balling out though, I’ll give you that.

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November 23, 2021 5:23 pm
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I’ve seen him make some really dumb passes over the past few weeks. And even if they don’t result in turnovers, he’s putting the ball in bad places.

I want him to be great. I’m scared he’s just gonna be a cog player.

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November 23, 2021 7:26 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

I think you just made the argument for being unsure about Fox.

1) who runs the pick and roll better? Hali, right?

2)who is the better shooter? Hali, right?

3) Who has the better A/TO ratio? Hali, right?

4) Who is the better on ball defender? Debatable at this point.

5) Who has the better usage? Hali, by a mile.

6) Who has the better VORP? Hali. right?

7)Who has the better WS. Even?

8) What has he better TRB%? Hali, right?

Yes, Fox scores more points, but he does so a greater usage and worse efficiency. I’d say both are solid pieces, but who is the “truly valuable player,” and this doesn’t even take into consideration their contracts.

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