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The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly looking to offload Tobias Harris’ contract to tackle bigger fish this offseason by attaching his name to Ben Simmons’ trade talks, and it looks like at least one team might be willing to make a deal. a deal.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Sacramento Kings could be persuaded to accept Harris’ contract to facilitate a deal for Simmons.
“I’ve heard Sacramento described by more than one rival team as the closest thing to a business partner you could classify as ‘favourites’ to provide a solution to Simmons’ seemingly endless stalemate before the deadline ( as it stands). to accept Tobias Harris’ contract to facilitate a deal with Simmons can’t get the top flight player they covet, moving forward with a Simmons deal that sees them lose both years and nearly 80 million dollars remaining on Harris’ contract after this season might be too tempting to resist rather than hold a star in return.”
This news shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise following reports that Kings youngsters De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton aren’t untouchable. Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes have also been mentioned in trade rumours.
NBA analyst Bill Simmons also suggested on his podcast that the Kings might be the only possible partner for a Simmons-Harris package because they could send Hield, Haliburton and Barnes to Philadelphia in return.
The trio earn a combined $50 million, which could make up for the combined $70 million that Simmons and Harris earn. Other measures would have to be taken, but this is probably the most reasonable agreement.
The Sixers and Kings also reportedly had Simmons-Fox trade talks, but Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes noted the conversations were more “exploratory due diligence.”
Simmons hasn’t played this season after insisting on being traded for much of the offseason, telling the Sixers he has no intention of playing for the franchise again, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski .
The 25-year-old returned to the Sixers facility on October 11 after a long wait, but hasn’t fully engaged in team activities since his return. He kept telling the team he wasn’t mentally ready to play, according to Wojnarowski.
Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said in a 97.5 radio interview with The Fanatic in October that he was in no rush to trade Simmons, but things may have changed because it’s clear that Joel Embiid needs help.
The 76ers are fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 23-17 record, four games behind the fourth-placed Milwaukee Bucks.