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The Kings are reportedly interested in Ben Simmons, but it won’t be cheap

If the Kings are going to land Ben Simmons, they're going to have to pay a massive price.

The Athletic's Shams Charania sparked a string of Ben Simmons trade rumors following his Inside Pass column on Tuesday. According to Charania's sources, the 76ers are looking for an "All-Star-caliber player" if they're going to move on from Simmons, and as an asking price, that makes a lot of sense. Despite his obvious warts, Simmons is a three-time All-Star and the 76ers are NBA Finals contenders. They can't afford to take a step-back in the middle of Joel Embiid's prime. But just because the 76ers are asking for an All-Star-caliber player in return doesn't mean they are going to get one.

Independent (via Substack) veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein followed up Charania's Ben Simmons news with a list of teams that have expressed interest in acquiring the Australian guard/forward, and the Kings were on that list.

Our pal Jason Anderson from the Sacramento Bee did a little digging of his own and dropped a column on Wednesday morning detailing what the Kings would need to do to satisfy Philadelphia's demands:

Sacramento would probably be willing to offer a package that includes Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III and one or more future first-round draft picks. One league source recently told The Sacramento Bee the Kings would have to send a minimum of three first-round picks to the 76ers in a trade constructed around Hield and Bagley. Another source said the 76ers wouldn't be interested unless Fox or Haliburton were included in the trade, but Hield's elite 3-point shooting and Bagley's unrealized potential could be appealing if a better deal doesn't materialize.

Anderson put to paper what we probably could have speculated: If the Kings aren't trading Fox or Haliburton, and they really shouldn't, the 76ers are going to need a ton of draft compensation to fill the talent gap.

There is still a long way to go before any Ben Simmons trade materializes, but it's encouraging to see the Kings in the mix, and as Anderson notes, the 76ers are aiming high early, as they should. Daryl Morey is doing his job in trying to maximize the return for a former franchise player, but if he doesn't get it, I'm sure he'll continue the dialogue with his former protégé and Sacramento Kings General Manager, Monte McNair.

It's also worth noting that while "three first-round picks" sounds like a high asking price, various pick protections, pick swaps, and other draft compensation tricks can be utilized to make the reality of losing those "three first-round picks" less damaging than it sounds.

If Anderson is right when he says that the Kings "would probably be willing to offer a package that includes Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III and one or more future first-round draft picks" than the two sides might not be as far off as it appears. The problem is that draft compensation doesn't do much for the 76ers' title dreams, so a deal in this mold is likely contingent on Philadelphia lining up a second trade where they could use those draft picks to acquire more win-now talent.

If Anderson's second source is more accurate, and the Kings cannot land Ben Simmons without dealing De'Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton, that probably marks the end of Morey and McNair's trade negotiations.

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LandParkJimmer
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July 14, 2021 9:48 am

3 first round picks is absolutely insane. Sounds like a Vlade move…

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July 14, 2021 10:18 am
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Have to give up something to change. We can run it back and keep the streak alive.

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July 14, 2021 10:43 am

Ya things have to change but most teams do this through the draft. If we give up 3 first round picks, we should riot.

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July 14, 2021 10:51 am
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Draft is not going to do it. Especially with the Kings draft history.

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July 14, 2021 11:38 am

Especially with this gunning for meaningless play in philosophy Vivek so desperately desired

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July 14, 2021 11:49 am
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I’m guessing Vivek’s proclivity for the 8th seed / play in will lead us to trading the 9th pick.

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July 14, 2021 11:52 am
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Depending on who’s available & what it’s traded for, that wouldn’t necessarily be bad.

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July 14, 2021 12:31 pm
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Desired is past tense. He is probably setting the same goal for the next decade.

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July 14, 2021 1:10 pm

The Kings got Fox & Hali thru the draft.

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July 14, 2021 1:21 pm
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4 years apart and neither, as of yet, are tentpoles. You have to do significantly better than that if you’re going to focus on building entirely through the draft.

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July 14, 2021 1:28 pm

I wasn’t advocating building entirely thru the draft. I don’t think that’s doable for the Kings. I was just pointing out the Kings got some nice players thru the draft.

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July 14, 2021 1:36 pm
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The biggest challenge with building through the draft is that you have to hit on multiple picks to some degree (and on a couple to great degree) in relatively quick succession.

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July 16, 2021 8:59 pm

Like, for example, Luka Doncic in 2018.

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July 14, 2021 7:12 pm
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Not Monte’s fault, but the Kings have a truly horrific draft record. Whether it be Marvin, JJ and Giles, Etc we’ve managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with some amazing regularity.

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July 14, 2021 7:17 pm
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Two good players out of their last 200 hundred opportunities.

WINNING!!!!!

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July 14, 2021 2:00 pm

TBF the history doesn’t matter bc those decision-makers are gone. The person making the picks is 1-0 so far. But I agree that draft picks are often overrated, especially in the Kangz’s typical 7-10 range.

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July 14, 2021 5:41 pm

how is the pre-McNair draft history relevant?

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July 16, 2021 9:20 pm

Who is the ass hat who downvoted this? OK, go ahead and defend any Kings pick in the last decade not named Cousins, Fox or Haliburton €¦ plus bonus points for explaining why it was a good idea to pass up Luka for Bagley. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

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July 14, 2021 2:56 pm
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Here’s the gamble: This year’s #9 + 2 mid first rounders.

I believe the Kings do make the playoffs with Simmons, so those other two aren’t going to be lottery picks.

Buddy + Bagley + #9 + 2 ~16-20 picks sounds pretty fair in my opinion.

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July 14, 2021 7:02 pm
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Buddy, Bags and our 2022 1st for Ben Simmons. Who says no???

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July 14, 2021 7:13 pm
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Philadelphia it appears.

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July 15, 2021 10:09 am
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Touche!

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July 15, 2021 5:16 pm
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Philly says no. They want an all star- Buddy or MB3 is an all star????

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July 15, 2021 1:19 pm
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Most teams yes€¦ this team is a paradox wrapped in an enigma. Here is a Schrödinger’s cat scenario for you.

If we pick, based on history, we aren’t going to get true value of those picks. So are those picks even worth as much here as they are in philly?

I for one would much rather have the known value bruises and all. Rather than another spin of the lotto wheel of draft picks in sac.

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July 14, 2021 9:48 am

If a deal includes Fox, barring something entirely one-sided in Sacramento’s favor, I pass. And I agree that three first-rounders is just too much for a guy who has completely soured on he aspect of the game that involves making baskets. He’s a great player, and even great players have flaws, but his is not one that can be hidden.

I’d be interested in something like Bagley/Hield and up to two first-rounders, but the fine print would need to be read.

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July 14, 2021 10:28 am
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It would already be a bit one-sided, since Simmons is the better player. But if you could get Simmons plus a little something, I’m not sure what would stop McNair from pulling the trigger.

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July 14, 2021 10:35 am
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Agreed. I would trade Fox for Ben straight up. Add filler to get one of Maxey/Thybulle/Milton.

Fox is the kind of PG the Sixers are craving.

I would give Tyrese the reigns of the team and give Ben the Bam/Draymond role.

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July 14, 2021 1:45 pm
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Same. Make Hali your Curry, Buddy your Klay, Simmons your Green, and Barnes your Barnes. Swing for the fences with the #9 pick and hope for the best.

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July 14, 2021 2:32 pm
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Agree 100%

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July 14, 2021 7:07 pm
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Hell no. If anything we move Fox off the ball. Fox is giving these dudes hell this year. Coming off a 25 point season. I fully expect him to become an unstoppable 2 guard. And find a way to get Lonzo.

Hali
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July 15, 2021 11:58 am
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Now this i can get down with! I want to wear my Fox jersey at a playoff game!

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July 14, 2021 6:34 pm
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Make Hali your Curry, Buddy your Klay,

What kinda Walmart brand Avengers is this?

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July 14, 2021 7:58 pm
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It’s about roles and team makeup not necessarily the comparison to future hall of famers.

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July 15, 2021 11:59 am
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The Vivengers!

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July 15, 2021 12:52 pm
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Agree almost 100%, but I’d like to make Barnes someone else’s team’s Barnes.

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July 14, 2021 2:31 pm
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I would, too. It is the type of aggressive move that would radically transform the franchise, with a team built around Haliburton, Simmons and the #9 pick. A team that can be developed into one that meets the demands of today’s NBA.

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July 14, 2021 10:44 am
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Fox and Bagley for Simmons would not upset me one bit.

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July 14, 2021 11:49 am
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I’m not a fan of Fox, but I wouldn’t include him in a Simmons trade. If you’re willing to trade Fox, I think you can do better than Simmons.

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July 14, 2021 1:08 pm
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For example?

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July 14, 2021 3:32 pm

Someone who can shoot

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July 14, 2021 3:34 pm
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Yes, clearly the weakness on this team is offense.

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July 14, 2021 8:56 pm
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I just wouldn’t trade fox or Halliburton for him

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July 14, 2021 5:17 pm

I’d say that Siakam would be the most obvious example right now.

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July 14, 2021 5:50 pm
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Can’t agree on this one.

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July 14, 2021 9:24 pm
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I like Siakam, but Simmons is a more impactful player overall.

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July 14, 2021 9:48 am

I don’t think the Kings have enough assets to land Simmons without a third team being involved. What good are picks and Bagley to the Sixers?

I also wanted to give a shout out to Jason Anderson for the work he’s been putting in. He’s put out a lot more tidbits than any of the other beat-writers and has constantly been breaking the various players coming into workout for the draft.

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July 14, 2021 10:02 am

Simmons makes a lot of sense for the Kings. He’s a flawed, but still elite player.

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July 14, 2021 11:31 am
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He’s very good, but I wouldn’t call him elite due to his flaws.

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July 14, 2021 12:16 pm
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How about some term like “E-lite”?

(pronounced “eee-LIGHT”)

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July 14, 2021 12:21 pm
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If he’s in a situation where he’s asked to be a primary or secondary scorer, not elite. If he’s in the right situation, then he’s elite. He certainly has some elite skills that are not that hard to maximize.

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July 14, 2021 1:08 pm
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He would be the closest thing to an elite player the Kings have.

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July 14, 2021 1:25 pm

That’s true right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox is better than him long-term (& I think there’s a chance that Hali could be better long-term).

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July 14, 2021 1:35 pm
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Maybe. But Simmons is better now and is only 1 year older than Fox. I don’t think there is much reason to think Fox’s growth curve has more potential than Simmons’.

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July 14, 2021 1:47 pm

Plus one, the thing that worries me about Fox long term is is speed and explosiveness. It is elite right now and gives him a excellent advantage off the dribble, but he is a John Wall/Derrick Rose injury away from being mediocre.

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July 14, 2021 1:51 pm
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And there was a lot of talk this season about how he was worn down from carrying the load.

That style of charging into the defense all game long can’t be a long term strategy, no matter how good he is at it.

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July 14, 2021 1:58 pm
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Agreed, that type of play also wore down DWade until he got help from LBJ and Bosh. The only guy I can think of that still seems to excel with that kind of play is Westbrook, but he’s built like a brick shithouse.

I seriously worry about Fox being that type of player and having his career cut short because the Kings forced him into that type of alpha role.

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July 14, 2021 4:38 pm
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I think that’s a legit concern.

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July 14, 2021 4:37 pm

I think it’s more likely Fox will improve his defense & shooting than Simmons will improve his shooting.

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July 14, 2021 9:25 pm
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Maybe, but that’s highly speculative and Simmons currently has the lead.

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July 14, 2021 7:16 pm
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He’s an elite defender. Elite rebounder (from his position). Elite passer. Very good scorer in the regular season. Awful shooter.

He may not be elite, but you can see elite from where he is.

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July 14, 2021 10:03 am

I think the only way the Kings are involved in a Simmons trade is as a third team. Buddy and Bagley don’t help them win now by that much. McCollum is a better player than Buddy and the Trail Blazers should have already asked about a Simmons for CJ trade. The Kings could get in there as a team who acquires picks and sheds one of those aforementioned guys anyway.

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July 14, 2021 12:08 pm

I agree we’re probably not the top offer. But if for some reason the price comes down that a couple of defensive liabilities and picks get us a 24 year old All-Star to pair next Fox and Hali I am all for it. I’d go so far as to trade Hali in a package for Simmons, but not Fox (unless they threw in extras on top)

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July 14, 2021 6:45 pm

If we aren’t getting Simmons, we shouldn’t be part of the trade.

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July 14, 2021 10:24 am

various pick protections, pick swaps, and other draft compensation tricks can be utilized to make the reality of losing those “three first-round picks” less damaging than it sounds.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I never want to see the words “pick swaps” in the discussion of any deal involving Philadelphia ever again.

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July 14, 2021 11:25 am
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Since the Kings got Fox in that draft & Philly got Fultz, the pick swap didn’t hurt the Kings too badly.

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July 14, 2021 10:27 am

De’Aaron Fox would probably fit that description, but sources have maintained the Kings are highly unlikely to trade their dynamic 23-year-old point guard.

Pretty interesting – “highly unlikely” is a bit of a move from “untouchable”.

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July 14, 2021 10:36 am
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Nobody is untouchable!

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July 14, 2021 10:49 am
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Nobody!
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July 14, 2021 10:57 am
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Thank god he was touchable…wait, that didn’t sound right…

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July 14, 2021 11:08 am
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Too bad he was able to stick around so long.

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July 14, 2021 11:42 am

Which one?

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July 14, 2021 12:33 pm
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Both…but Karl did not spend a career ruining this team. Boogey for the win.

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July 14, 2021 12:45 pm
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he was touchable€¦
Buddy agrees.

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July 14, 2021 1:11 pm
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“Technical, Cousins!”
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July 14, 2021 10:45 am
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Fox is overrated.

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You need several seats sir.

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July 14, 2021 10:46 am

(a) I would happily acquire Ben Simmons.

(b) the price matters, a lot.

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July 14, 2021 10:49 am

While Simmons would be a nice get for Buddy/Bagley/2 firsts, this team does not improve until they get a pitbull who doesn’t allow them to lose 9 games in a row (twice), doesn’t allow them to stand around after their teammate gets punked, doesn’t allow them to be content padding their stats, etc..

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July 14, 2021 10:53 am
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What you are saying is correct and requires trading or releasing everyone except for Haliburton and Holmes. Holmes is likely leaving so you need to find another center too.

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July 14, 2021 10:56 am

I think 1 guy can come in and change the culture, it wouldn’t have to involve releasing the soft guys. A Chris Paul/Marcus Smart type wouldn’t allow the soft guys to continue being soft.

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July 14, 2021 11:08 am
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That one guy is not going to change the entire culture in my opinion. The leadership coddles the soft guys. The soft guys are unfortunately untouchable.

My opinion….

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July 14, 2021 11:33 am

You’re right, it would take a FO culture shift as well.

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July 14, 2021 5:16 pm
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I think getting Crowder as well as Paul changed the soft culture ! Kings likely need two as well !

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July 14, 2021 4:11 pm
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Won’t happen until Walton is canned

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July 15, 2021 12:57 pm
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It’s definitely those long losing streaks that are killing the Kings. Year after year.

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July 14, 2021 10:55 am

but it won’t be cheap

Howzabout a little…..CASH CONSIDERATIONS, Philly?

Eh? Eh?
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July 14, 2021 11:32 am
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I can haz money?

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July 14, 2021 11:05 am

I had it all planned out in my head, and a trade of hield, bagley, this year’s pick and an unprotected future first and a sign and trade of Holmes for Simmons and Danny green works out. Sixers really really need a good backup for embiid, and Holmes is perfect.

Trade Barnes to the celts for smart and Tristan Thompson so they can get out of his bad contract, and we have a new center. Trade fox to Toronto straight up for siakam, and we now have a new starting five. They get Lowry’s successor in fox, and they can pickup kuminga to be siakam of the future but cheap.

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July 14, 2021 11:43 am
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So in my head, this proposed line up looks like

Hali, Smart, Siakam, Simmons and Thompson as your starting/crunchtime 5.

Congratulations,,,that’s the worst shooting team in the league. Grit and Grind here we come!!!

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July 14, 2021 11:50 am
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I would much prefer grit and grind to the current high-scoring/zero defense team.

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July 14, 2021 11:55 am
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Grit and Grind has it’s limits if you can only score 80 points a game. Which that team would frequently in today’s league. If it was 1984, that might be decent squad.

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July 14, 2021 12:02 pm
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I think that a team could potentially be ahead of the curve by starting to build a grit and grind game. After zigging towards protecting offensive players with their rules, the NBA may zag back again because the foul-hunting is becoming too annoying and hurting the product.

It was fun seeing Team USA players waiting for touch fouls and FIBA refs saying “Nah. just keep playing”.

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July 14, 2021 12:13 pm
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That doesn’t account for the terrible spacing that team would have with only one 3 pt threat. That team would actually need to get to the line a ton. And one of the guys that theoretically could shoots 60% from the line.

I don’t mind some grit and grind…would be good for Kings to have some guys like that. Just not all of them.

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July 14, 2021 12:36 pm
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Do the Kangz even understand the concept of spacing right now?

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July 14, 2021 12:46 pm

Considering the team was in the top half of the league in scoring last year, hard to argue that they are clueless on this particular topic.

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July 14, 2021 7:42 pm
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When Fox, Holmes, and Halliburton are in the line up yes. Bagley in the mix is laughable in regards to spacing. He does not even really know where he is on the floor so he just sticks with offense. Occasionally he copies Hield and hovers around the three point hoping he can catch and shoot to avoid any contact and having to dribble. Hield is fine with spacing as long as he does not have to move with the ball or go towards the basket.

Glad they made it to the top half in scoring to avoid any hope of a decent draft pick.

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July 14, 2021 7:59 pm

So you note that you are fine with the spacing of 4 of 5 players named, not including Barnes, who not sure how you wouldn’t include him. So 5/6’s of the players who played the most minutes you think have good spacing. But you still think they have poor spacing…Seems like an easy problem to fix.

Your last sentence makes zero sense in relation to this discussion. It would be better if all their players weren’t good at anything?
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July 14, 2021 9:21 pm
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Are you contending that the Kings are a well coached team that can properly execute an offensive game plan?

I am saying that Holmes, Fox, and Haliburton understand spacing in general terms. Hield’s idea of spacing is running to the three point line and stopping. That is three not four. Barnes is too smart to be on this team.

The spacing goes to crap every other play because half of the roster does not know what to do. Find anyone associated with the NBA that will declare the Kings an intelligent team that utilizes spacing well. Remember watching isolation basketball with the wrong guy dribbling the ball because they are so great?

Good ball movement and spacing is not what the Kings are known for, they suck at it actually.

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July 15, 2021 11:41 am

I think almost anyone including yourself would contend spacing is very important in current NBA offense…The Kings had a top half ranked offense in the league. Ipso facto, they must be spacing at least at a decent level. There’s 72 games of data that indicate they are at least average to slightly above offensively. What is your support that they are so terrible, other than your personal eye test?

I never contended the Kings were known for spacing, just that they weren’t clueless as you indicated. Saying they suck at it, is apparently fun to say for you it’s just not born out by any data. But it seems that’s not really what you are going after, so have at it.

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July 15, 2021 9:57 pm
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The top half of the league in scoring€¦wow. Great accomplishment. Still cannot reach the play in tournament which is the top half of the league that matters.

They suck at spacing it is a fact. They do not have a consistent offense. Find anyone associated with the NBA that thinks the Kings spacing is any good. That person does not exist. It is not fun to say that the Kings suck at spacing. It is a frustrating fact as a Kings fan who enjoys watching decent basketball.

You keep hoping that they bring it all back for the next decade and that they will win with current strategy and abilities.

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July 14, 2021 8:35 pm

You’d think a worldwide emphasis on social distancing for the past 16 months would have helped them get the hint, but noooo

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July 14, 2021 12:21 pm
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I wish the pickup games I’ve played in had FIBA refs, to counteract the dudes who call a foul anytime they miss a bucket.

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