Sacramento Kings trades for Ben Simmons: Unloading all the assets
If the Kings could pull this off, it would have to feel like highway robbery. In this day and age, fans of bad teams can be irrationally attached to draft picks and young prospects, because that’s all we really know. But when you get the chance to move these projects for an established All-NBA presence, you do it.
Unfortunately, this could mean an early end to Davion Mitchell‘s time in Sacramento. Ideally, the Kings find a way to retain him in trade talks. But realistically speaking, that’s going to be nearly impossible to pull off, especially considering the 76ers will find suitors in other places if the Kings are set on low-balling their offer.
This is a hefty price to pay, but one of the only scenarios where I could see Philadelphia potentially accepting an offer that doesn’t include a star guard. Buddy Hield would immediately provide that three-point threat the 76ers have been searching for, stretching the floor for Joel Embiid and lighting it up from downtown.
Meanwhile, Mitchell fits in perfectly with Philadelphia’s gritty defensive culture and Marvin Bagley serves as a no-risk, high-reward reclamation project worth taking on. Those three draft picks shouldn’t be forgotten either, as they stand to potentially end up being much more valuable when coming from the Kings than say, Golden State.
For Sacramento on the other hand, this deal yields obviously the greatest return in terms of winning now and making a playoff push. This starting five could be a real threat, and I believe Hollinger’s analysis severely underestimates how this team would fare over the course of a full 82 games.
Projected Starting Lineup:
- De’Aaron Fox
- Tyrese Haliburton
- Harrison Barnes
- Ben Simmons
- Richaun Holmes