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Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon are two players widely viewed as potential fits for the Sixers in a Ben Simmons deal, but no trade scenarios involving either player have gained real traction with Philadelphia so far, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (video link).

According to Charania, the Sixers asked the Trail Blazers for a package that included three first-round picks and three pick swaps, which Portland rejected. While Charania&#;s wording isn&#;t entirely clear, it sounds like Philadelphia requested all those draft assets in addition to McCollum, so it&#;s not surprising that the Blazers weren&#;t interested.

As has been reported repeatedly throughout the offseason, the Sixers&#; dream scenario would be to trade Simmons to the Blazers in a deal involving Damian Lillard, but the Oakland native never asked to be dealt and Portland has zero interest in moving him unless that happens. &#;You’re waiting on a prayer,&#; one source said to Sam Amick of The Athletic, referring to Philadelphia&#;s desire to land Lillard.

According to Amick, there has been some chatter around the league about the possibility of the Sixers and Blazers working out a Simmons deal for a package that includes McCollum and Robert Covington, plus draft assets, but the two sides don&#;t appear anywhere close.

Here&#;s more on Simmons:

  • The Sixers&#; front office, head coach Doc Rivers, and agent Rich Paul have continued to discuss the idea of Simmons ending his holdout and reporting to the team, but the three-time All-Star remains &#;resistant&#; to that idea, according to Charania.
  • Charania says Simmons has clearly &#;mentally checked out&#; from the Sixers and even if he were to report to the team, it would be with &#;short-term intentions.&#; A source who spoke to Amick said essentially the same thing: &#;Even if (Simmons) shows up, I think there’s no chance of him ever mentally being back in Philly.&#; Simmons has packed up his belongings from his Philadelphia home, per Charania.
  • David Aldridge of The Athletic believes the Kings make sense as a trade partner for Simmons and has heard the year-old would have no problem going to Sacramento. However, sources have told Amick that the Kings want to see what their current group looks like in the regular season and haven&#;t seriously revisited the possibility of a Simmons trade since speaking to the 76ers months ago.
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Kings Rumors & News

  • Adam Silver Says Las Vegas Is Under Consideration for Potential NBA Expansion

    Bleacher Report "The NFL and NHL each have teams in Las Vegas, and the NBA may eventually join its fellow professional sports leagues in Sin City Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal noted NBA commissioner Adam Silver discussed the subject of expansion while speaking at the CAA" October 12

  • 3 Teams Who Should Keep Tabs On Kyrie Irving Trade

    NBA Analysis "The Brooklyn Nets could have quite a conundrum on their hands this NBA season. Their superstar point guard, Kyrie Irving, could miss significant time with the team given the vaccination mandates that have been put in by the state of New York. It is the same situation that the Golden" October 12

  • 5 NBA players vying for big-money deals this season

    The Score "Don't blame a few NBA players for circling summer on their calendar. Next year's class could potentially be headlined by James Harden, Bradley Beal, and Russell Westbrook if they decline their options in hopes of a max contract, but a lucrative multi-million dollar deal" October 12

  • Top 10 NBA Shooting Guards For The Season

    Fadeaway World "The shooting guard position might be the most exciting position to watch because the best scorers in the game mainly capture that position. The point of basketball is to outscore the opponent, and shooting guards have historically done that better than most positions in the most exciting way" October 12

  • Here's Why The Wizards Are The Perfect Spot For Buddy Hield

    NBA Analysis "De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and rookie Davion Mitchell are three key talents in the Sacramento Kings backcourt who they will likely look to build with for the future. Still, the rest of this Kings roster is very uncertain and could result in a trade at some point during the " October 12

  • 5 NBA contenders that can threaten the Bucks’ title defense

    Clutch Points "Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks made a statement last season. Despite the doubts surrounding Giannis’ contract extension early on, the Bucks won the NBA championship for the first time in 50 years. This feat also cemented Giannis’ legacy. Despite only being only " October 12

  • Last Time Each Team Made The NBA Finals

    Fadeaway World "Each team will be trying to make a run at the NBA Finals. It doesn’t matter if you are rebuilding or contending, the goal is to be the final two teams at the end of the season. Some teams have a curse they are trying to break, while some teams are trying to run it back. After" October 12

  • 3 Landing Spots For Wesley Matthews Before Season Begins

    NBA Analysis "There are still some intriguing names available in NBA free agency ahead of the start of the regular season. Wesley Matthew seems to be at the top of that list, and he is one of the better free agents available and will be free to sign whatever he wants. Matthew spent last season with" October 12

  • Kings Waive Matt Coleman III, DJ Steward

    NBA.com "Coleman III appeared in three preseason games for the Kings and Steward appeared in Monday night’s contest at Portland. " October 12

  • A year after its inception, NBA Foundation’s mission is starting to take shape

    The Athletic "Just over a year ago, almost everything was in place to start the bubble. From COVID safety protocols to the return-to-play format, just about everything was agreed upon. But with the Black Lives Matter movement hitting its crescendo, players wanted more. Something that made it all actually" October 12

  • 3 Players Who Could Be Traded After Ben Simmons Situation Is Settled

    NBA Analysis "The NBA season is set to begin on October 19 as the Nets, Bucks, Warriors, and Lakers are all in action with the rest of the league set to play the following few days, but the Philadelphia 76ers look like they are going to be without one of their key players. Ben Simmons has" October 11

  • The one player who can fix Warriors’ biggest needs

    Clutch Points "In the last two seasons, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have dealt with a plethora of problems. Heading into , many of those issues are being corrected, but two massive difficulties can stop them from being contenders: rebounding and rim protection in the paint" October 11

  • Last-Minute Blockbuster Trade Ideas Before NBA Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "With the  NBA season starting next Tuesday, we could see some last-minute trade activity as teams finalize their rosters. Ben Simmons remains the most likely star to be moved, as he continues to hold out from the Philadelphia 76ers. It's also worth watching how" October 11

  • 5 under-the-radar NBA rookies to watch this season

    The Score "Watching the NBA debuts of highly touted rookies is among the more exciting aspects of a new season. This year is no different, with a star-studded draft class that features multiple franchise-altering talents. While the lottery picks garner most of the attention, there are diamonds" October 11

  • Ben Simmons "Open" To Being Traded To Kings

    Fadeaway World "At this point, nobody is expecting Ben Simmons to remain with the Philadelphia 76ers. He's made it abundantly clear that he no longer wants to be a Sixer and it seems he's severed all ties with the franchise. Still, there remain some uncertainties about his future. How long" October 10

  • 4 NBA coaches on the hot seat heading into

    The Score "It's not particularly fun to predict which NBA coaches could be the first to lose their jobs. Such outcomes upend both careers and the lives of entire families. Whether the coach being told to take a hike is richly compensated is beside the point. However, there shouldn't be" October 10

  • This Kings-Thunder Trade Involves Marvin Bagley III

    NBA Analysis "The NBA offseason has been quite long for the Sacramento Kings and the Oklahoma City Thunder, as both teams are preparing to enter a season in which player development will be key. The Kings are definitely a better team than the Thunder entering the year and they are going to be" October 10

  • 3 Dark-Horse Candidates To Win NBA MVP In Season

    NBA Analysis "The NBA season is about to get underway, meaning the time to make a pre-season pick for NBA MVP is running out. There are the usual suspects that are favored to win the prestigious award like Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Nikola" October 10

  • Myles Turner Is Shipped To The Kings In This Trade

    NBA Analysis "The ongoing Ben Simmons holdout still remains the top storyline around the NBA and many teams remain standing pat instead of making other deals in hopes of landing him. The Sacramento Kings are among them but could benefit from turning their attention elsewhere if they miss out. Buddy" October 10

  • 3 Standout Performers To Monitor In NBA Preseason So Far

    NBA Analysis "NBA preseason games began on October 3 and with the new season set to begin on October 19, all 30 teams around the league are trying to get ready in style.  There is still about a week’s worth of preseason games left, but there have been some notable storylines and" October 10

  • NBRPA Chairman Calls Out Glen Davis Over Healthcare Scam

    Fadeaway World "The NBA world was shocked when 18 players were arrested due to a fraud of the NBA's Health and Welfare Benefit plan. For years, Terrance Williams recruited several players, offered them fake invoices to support their claims, making a lot of money in the process.  After" October 10

  • 10 NBA Players That Are Most Likely To Have Breakout Seasons

    Fadeaway World "The NBA season is only a few weeks away and we are already predicting the next batch of players who will take their games to another level. There is plenty of talent in the NBA right now, and the future of the league is bright even when players such as LeBron James are getting older" October 09

  • The Kings Forward Spots Are Up For Grabs

    Hoops Rumors "Kings coach Luke Walton is still tinkering with his starting lineup, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. The forward spots are up for grabs, with Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III as the top contenders, depending on" October 09

  • 5 NBA players poised for breakout season

    The Score "Each year, there's a new crop of players ready to take the next step in their development. Some breakout candidates recently battled injuries, while others just needed an opportunity to shine. Here are five players poised to make a leap this upcoming season.

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    Sacramento Kings rumors, trade ideas for NBA offseason

    The Sacramento Kings extended their playoff drought to 15 years this past season, tying the record for longest playoff drought in NBA history. Following another season of disappointment, changes are coming in Sacramento.

    Under general manager Monte McNair, the Kings have made a series of good and bad moves in recent months. Sacramento lost out on a Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade, allowing him to leave in free agency for nothing. But McNair also made a few good moves, drafting Tyrese Haliburton and acquire Delon Wright before the NBA trade deadline.

    Coming off their second consecutive season with a record, McNair surprised many by retaining head coach Luke Walton for a third season. Originally hired by Vlade Divac, Walton holds a record in Sacramento and is responsible for one of the worst defenses in NBA history.

    Heading into the NBA offseason, let&#;s examine the latest Sacramento Kings rumors, potential trade ideas and where things stand for the organization.

    Sacramento Kings rumors: Kings interested in Pascal Siakam trade

    During an appearance on the Deuce & Mo Podcast, The Athletic&#;s Sam Amick mentioned Sacramento expressed significant interest to the Toronto Raptors in acquiring power forward Pascal Siakam.

    The All-Star forward became the subject of NBA trade rumors this offseason with Toronto exploring ways to shake up its roster before the &#;22 season. With the draft in the rearview mirror, a trade might seem more unlikely. But the Raptors added Scottie Barnes and Precious Achiuwa to the roster. If the Kings want any shot at landing Siakam, a deal would likely require multiple first-round picks, Marvin Bagley and a third team sending pieces to Toronto and acquiring Buddy Hield.

    Richaun Holmes re-signs with Kings

    When the Kings started listening to offers for Richaun Holmes at the NBA trade deadline, many assumed the impending free-agent center wouldn&#;t be back next season. As the top center on the free-agent market, in a summer that saw Nerlens Noel land a huge deal, Holmes leaving Sacramento felt inevitable.

    On Monday night, The Athletic&#;s Shams Charania reported Holmes is returning to the Kings on a four-year, $55 million contract. The year-old center made his return official on Twitter. As part of the new deal, there is a player option and a trade kicker.

    • Richaun Holmes stats (&#;21): ponts, rebounds, blocks per game, Offensive Rating

    The $ million average annual salary ranks 11th amongst the highest-paid centers in the NBA. Coming off a season that saw Holmes set career-highs across the board, it&#;s very significant that he is returning.

    After signing Alex Len, it&#;s uncertain if the Kings&#; trade sending guard Delon Wright to the Atlanta Hawks will be finalized.

    What happened to the Buddy Hield trade?

    When Montrezl Harrell opted into the $ million option on his contract, many assumed a trade was imminent. In fact, ESPN&#;s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers were moving towards a deal. Suddenly, it all fell apart.

    It wasn&#;t just NBA fans who assumed Hield was headed to Los Angeles. The Athletic&#;s Jason Jones reported the players involved in the rumored transaction, including Harrell, Hield and Kyle Kuzma, believed a trade was imminent. Suddenly, Los Angeles used those same pieces to acquire Russell Westbrook.

    The Lakers still want Hield but a Dennis Schroder S&T is their only option and Sacramento wants no part of it. So, barring a surprise fourth team getting involved to send pieces to the Kings, Hield will continue floating in NBA trade rumors.

    Latest on Richaun Holmes

    The Sacramento Kings would love to re-sign center Richaun Holmes, but understand he is largely viewed as the best free-agent center on the market this offseason. Teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets are all expected to pursue him this summer.

    But, per NBA insider Marc Stein, the expectation is that Holmes re-signs with Sacramento. On top of that recent report, ESPN&#;s Zach Lowe said there&#;s a lot of buzz about Holmes returning to the Kings. The franchise is executed to be over the cap this season and paying Holmes will be difficult, given his contract might cost $plus million annually. But based on other Sacramento Kings rumors, this seems increasingly likely to happen.

    Multiple teams interested in Marvin Bagley, Harrison Barnes trades

    According to ESPN&#;s Adrian Wojnarowski, both Marvin Bagley and Harrison Barnes are generating interest across the league. Barnes is easily the more coveted player, especially among NBA contenders, but there seems to be a market for Bagley.

    Wojnarowski believes that Bagley will be moved this summer as the Kings are ready to move on from the former No. 2 pick. Sacramento will likely move Bagley first, but there&#;s also a possibility of a Buddy Hield trade.

    Of course, as previous Kings rumors indicated, Sacramento is looking to acquire talent that can help it compete for the playoffs next season. So, while it holds the No. 9 pick and wants to build around Fox and Haliburton, adding veteran talent is important to the front office.

    Lakers discussed Kyle Kuzma for Buddy Hield trade with Sacramento Kings

    The Sacramento Kings are busy before the NBA Draft, exploring a variety of options to change the roster. Unsurprisingly, Buddy Hield is a strong candidate to be traded. NBA insider Shams Charania reported the Kings have discussed a swap of Hield for Kyle Kuzma. Due to the contract disparity, Los Angeles would likely need to include Kentavious Caldwel-Pope or Montrezl Harrell

    De&#;Aaron Fox required for Ben Simmons trade?

    The moment NBA rumors spread that the Philadelphia 76ers could trade Ben Simmons, the Sacramento Kings were mentioned as a potential landing spot. Unsurprisingly, general manager Monte McNair reached out and reports indicate an effort was made to acquire the All-Star defender. But a trade now seems unlikely.

    According to Philly Voice&#;s Kyle Neubeck, the 76ers are uninterested in deals centered around draft picks and role players. As one source detailed, Philadelphia wouldn&#;t even entertain an offer from the Kings unless it involved De&#;Aaron Fox and that would just be the starting point.

    Given Fox is a foundational piece for the Kings and they just signed him to a lucrative contract, it&#;s a non-starter for Sacramento. The front office likes its pairing of Fox and Tyrese Haliburton, making it a priority this summer to build around the two guards. If Simmons is off the table, the Kings may turn their focus to Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner.

    Ben Simmons trade a possibility?

    We mentioned among potential trade targets that Ben Simmons made a lot of sense for Sacramento. Sure enough, per NBA insider Marc Stein, the Kings are among the teams interested in acquiring the premium defender. The Sacramento Bee&#;s Jason Anderson dove into the Kings&#; perspective further.

    It&#;s no surprise that Sacramento would be willing to package Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III and multiple first-round picks in a deal. While Simmons is flawed, he is still one of the best players in the NBA. He could play the wing for the Kings, providing elite defense and serving as the caliber of stopper this team hasn&#;t seen take the court in a decade-plus.

    Unsurprisingly, the 76ers are setting their sights much higher. Philadelphia wants another All-Star player back in exchange for Simmons, ideally hoping for Damian Lillard. If the Sacramento Kings want to have any shot at a deal, it may take a three-team trade.

    Summer blockbuster trade possible?

    The Kings fell just short of winning the NBA Draft lottery, leaving Monte McNair with a huge decision at the No. 9 overall pick. There are some intriguing options who could be available, but a team that hasn&#;t made the NBA Playoffs in 15 years needs players who can make a difference now.

    The Athletic&#;s Jason Jones, who covers the team, and NBA insider Zach Lowe have wrote about the possibility of a trade. Sacramento could package future first-round picks along with Buddy Hield or Marvin Bagley to acquire a forward or center who would give this team an edge.

    There are a few intriguing trade targets for the Kings, which we dive into below. Ultimately, it will all depend on how aggressive McNair is and how rival GMs value Sacramento&#;s trade assets.

    Latest on Marvin Bagley

    Marvin Bagley caused a stir in Sacramento on social media. He liked a tweet suggesting he be traded this offseason and removed any mention of the Kings from his Instagram and Twitter. It&#;s just the latest development in a saga between the two sides.

    The Kings aren&#;t afraid to move Bagley, the former No. 2 overall pick. In fact, per The Athletic&#;s Jason Jones, they shopped him around the league before the NBA trade deadline. Unfortunately for Sacramento, Bagley&#;s poor play, durability issues and maturity concerns have greatly diminished his value. One NBA executive told The Athletic he wouldn&#;t move more than a pair of second-round picks for Bagley.

    This is the problem for the Kings. Monte McNair has zero attachment to Bagley and would probably love to move him for a player who better fits the team culture. But it seems unlikely for that to happen. Ultimately, the likeliest scenario is Bagley being the sweetener in a trade that also includes the Kings&#; first-round pick.

    The future of Marvin Bagley III in Sacramento

    Sacramento Kings, Marvin Bagley

    Sacramento will never live down drafting Marvin Bagley III over Luka Doncic, even if it&#;s just another chapter in a long history of the organization&#;s dysfunction. Needless to say, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft hasn&#;t come close to expectations.

    Injuries have been an issue for the 6-foot forward. Through his first three NBA season, he has only appeared in games and just 52 of those were starts. He has shown flashes of being a quality player in Sacramento, but those moments are short-lived.

    • Marvin Bagley III career stats (&#;21): ppg, rpg, 50% from the field, % from the free-throw line

    Bagley III missed time with groin, hand, calf and wrist injuries this past season. Prior to that. He fractured his left hand in March, which sidelined him for multiple weeks. He also suffered a season-ending foot injury during the &#;21 NBA season.

    Durability isn&#;t the only problem. Bagley&#;s father has been vocal on Twitter about the Kings being responsible for his son&#;s struggles, even calling for a trade. Bagley has been a major liability defensively when on the court and growing frustrations led to him being on the trade block this season.

    McNair didn&#;t draft Bagley, so there is less blame on his shoulders if a trade happens. But moving the former Duke starter at this point would be the ultimate sell low. With that said, both sides are likely better off with a separation.

    Sacramento Kings trade and free-agent targets: Examining best options to improve roster

    The Kings owe Buddy Hield ($ million), Harrison Barnes ($ million) and De&#;Aaron Fox ($ million) a combined $70 million next year. Factoring in Wright ($ million) and Haliburton ($ million), that&#;s a significant portion of the NBA salary cap.

    As a result, the Kings options in NBA free agency will be extremely limited for a team that already struggles to attract players without overpaying. So, trades are the best way to acquire talent.

    Kristaps Porzingis to Sacramento Kings?

    Sacramento Kings, Kristaps Porzingis

    Kristaps Porzingis isn&#;t happy with his role and the Dallas Mavericks are amid organizational chaos. Whenever Mark Cuban settles things down with a new coach and general manager, the next priority might be a Porzingis trade. If that happens, Sacramento could put in a call.

    • Sacramento Kings trade: Marvin Bagley, Buddy Hield, second-round pick (Chicago Bulls)
    • Dallas Mavericks trade: Kristaps Porzingis

    In this deal, the Mavericks buy low on Bagley with the hope that he thrives in a change of scenery. Hield, while a liability on the defensive end, is one of the NBA&#;s best 3-point specialists. Putting a shooter like that around Luka Doncic could make a difference in the playoffs.

    As for Sacramento, this brings in a star. Porzingis is no longer the player that brought him to fame in New York, but he can still be a quality starter. He&#;d be a significant upgrade over Bagley. While he has clashed with Doncic, Porzingis would likely be better for the Kings&#; locker room than Bagley and Hield.

    Should the Sacramento Kings pursue Ben Simmons?

    Ben Simmons is coming off one of the worst playoff performances in NBA history. In a seven-game series, he attempted just three shots in the fourth quarter and never even tried in the final four games. He is the reason the 76ers lost and a trade feels inevitable this offseason.

    Simmons&#;s trade value is at an all-time low, so this won&#;t be a situation where Philadelphia can get a top star for him. Teams must also take his max contract into consideration, with the 6-foot guard entering the second year of a five-year, $ million extension.

    There might be an opportunity here for the Kings. In terms of shooting, pairing Simmons and De&#;Aaron Fox together isn&#;t the perfect match, but Simmons&#; skills fit what the Kings need. He can play forward for the Kings, utilizing his elite defensive ability to improve Sacramento&#;s greatest weakness.

    It&#;s hard to gauge exactly what a Ben Simmons trade would cost the Kings. But statements made by McNair in the past hint that Simmons might be the kind of star he would try and buy low on. Plus, he has a strong relationship with 76ers president Daryl Morey.

    Sacramento Kings offseason moves

    • Drafted guard Davion Mitchell with 9th overall pick
    • Drafted center Neemias Queta with 39th pick
    • Signed center Alex Len to two-year, $ million contract
    • Re-signed forward Moe Harkless to two-year, $9 million contract
    • Re-signed center Richaun Holmes to four-year, $55 million contract
    • Hired Doug Christie as assistant coach
    • Re-signed guard Terence Davis to two-year contract

    Sacramento Kings roster for &#;22 season

    • PG: De&#;Aaron Fox/Davion Mitchell/Terence Davis
    • SG: Buddy Hield/Tyrese Haliburton/Jahmi&#;us Ramsey
    • SF: Harrison Barnes/Moe Harkless
    • PF: Marvin Bagley/Chimezie Metu/Robert Woodward
    • C: Richaun Holmes/Alex Len/Neemias Queta
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    Kings NBA Draft Rumors: Sacramento Has Decided Who to Take with No. 2 Pick

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    While they still have to see what the Phoenix Suns will do with the top pick in the NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings reportedly know who their choice at No. 2 will be. 

    Per The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears, the Kings have zeroed in on a player with their first pick, assuming Deandre Ayton is taken first overall, and "are confident they are going to add a franchise altering prospect."

    It's unclear at this point who the Kings have focused their attention on, though they certainly aren't lacking options. 

    Marc Steinof the New York Times reported Wednesday that Marvin Bagley III was the "current favorite" to be taken by the Kings, but other lottery teams are thinking they also can't resist Slovenia's Luka Doncic. 

    B/R'sJonathan Wassermanprojects Sacramento to take Bagley in his final mock draft, with Michael Porter Jr. as another possible option if the team is able to trade down.

    Whoever the Kings take with their top choice, they need to hit on it. The franchise hasn't had a winning season or made the playoffs since the campaign and have lost at least 50 games eight times during this streak. 

    Sours: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/kingsnba-draft-rumors-sacramento-has-decided-who-to-take-with-nopick
    Ben Simmons SPEAKS ON Sacramento Kings TRADE

    Sacramento Kings Rumors

    David Aldridge: I’ve written this on Simmons to Sac before, and the rationale still holds. Simmons is an elite defensive player. He’s an elite passer. He has four years left on his deal. (He would have no problem going to Sacramento, I’m told, so strong is his desire to get out of Philadelphia.) The Kings were historically bad defensively last season. Simmons wouldn’t be a savior, but with him and Fox and whichever one of Haliburton or Mitchell the Kings kept in this scenario, Sac would suddenly become a problem defensively, wildly switchable and able to get from defense to offense in a heartbeat. They wouldn’t shoot as good without Hield, but they had Hield last year and went What are we talking about? Given his offensive limitations, Simmons won’t be a savior wherever he goes, including Sacramento. (Of course, he wouldn’t be on the block if he didn’t have those limitations.) But he’s the kind of talent the Kings would never have a chance of getting in free agency. It would be a chancy deal for a new front office to make, but it would be worth the risk, to me.

    3 days ago – via Sam Amick, David Aldridge, John Hollinger, The Athletic NBA Insiders @ The Athletic

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