Report: Kings won’t meet 76ers’ asking price for Ben Simmons before trade deadline

Ben Simmons in Philadelphia 76ers v Sacramento Kings
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76ers president Daryl Morey called a Ben Simmons trade with the Kings viable.

Sacramento apparently disagrees.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

the Kings believe the asking price for Simmons is too steep and that a pathway to a trade agreement with the Sixers doesn’t exist, sources said.

This has seemed like fait accompli for a while. The Kings reportedly put out word they were building around, not trading, De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. Presumably, that happened only after the Kings explored the market – including Simmons – and determined they wouldn’t find a satisfactory trade involving Fox or Haliburton before the trade deadline. Without Fox or Haliburton, it was extremely difficult to envision a Simmons trade Philadelphia would accept. The 76ers reportedly want Haliburton and multiple first-round picks for Simmons.

Sacramento will have to look elsewhere for its desired immediate roster upgrades.

And Philadelphia – with a longtime Simmons suitor out of the picture – will have to find another taker or face post-deadline complications.