The NBA Summer League is a time of potential for several reasons. On the one hand, the youngest stars in the league get the chance to show off their skills and show what they could someday become.
And it’s also a time when a number of NBA power brokers and policymakers are all in one place at the same time, and the talk about moves could start to heat up quickly.
That’s exactly what Sacramento Bee reporter Jason Anderson hears about the Kings front office as Sacramento general manager Monte McNair looks to make an impact ahead of the start of the 2021-22 season.
Anderson reported in a new story on Monday that the Kings’ schedule for a splash move to try and bring a big name back to the playoffs could increase, and the Summer League could accelerate some sort of deal, with a big name of the Sixers in the middle of the scrum:
“Several sources tell The Sacramento Bee that the Kings have shown interest in both Ben Simmons and Pascal Siakam, the two most important names linked to Sacramento since the start of the free agency and trading frenzy. remain skeptical of the possibility the Kings will come to such a deal, but McNair is keen to shake things up as the pressure to win begins to build within the organization 11 months after he was hired, sources said .
“Talks could resume this week with all 30 teams in Las Vegas, where the Kings face the Charlotte Hornets in their Summer League opener at 3 pm Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV. Outside of the organization, there is a perception that Sacramento the new front office is already “feeling the heat” from Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. “
Things have kind of calmed down after the NBA’s free agency opened and the Tokyo Olympics ended, but it looks like the Summer League might be the perfect time to rekindle that lively spark.
The Kings have been linked with Simmons’ summer a number of times in the past, including talking about what both sides would be willing to give up in a Simmons-Sacramento trade. Last month, here’s where Anderson reported things were standing between the two teams:
A league source recently told the Sacramento Bee that the Kings should send at least three first-round picks to the 76ers in a trade built around Hield and Bagley. Another source said the 76ers wouldn’t be interested unless whether Fox or Haliburton are included in the trade, but Hield’s 3-point sniping and Bagley’s unrealized potential could be appealing if a better deal doesn’t materialize. “
In a theoretical exchange from Simmons to the Kings, the return to the draft would be crucial if the players Sacramento abandons are Hield and Bagley, because those guys don’t bring this Sixers team closer to a title. Haliburton isn’t moving much for this coming season either, but he at least has a long-term high cap after an impressive rookie season last year.
Draft picks are cool and good when you build in three years, but the Sixers were the No.1 seed last year and Joel Embiid is currently an MVP level talent. Morey’s goal should be to get an All-Star back for Simmons, and the Kings’ offers likely won’t reduce that if they don’t include DeAaron Fox – and it looks like they don’t.
Overall, the Kings aren’t the most attractive option for a Simmons trade, but if Damian Lillard doesn’t request a trade at some point, the options will somehow narrow as we approach. the season. I’d rather take Simmons into the regular season than strike a deal for less than the market value on Simmons. He’s a great regular-season player, and maybe the president of basketball operations Daryl Morey could turn a solid October and November into a deal more befitting a player of stature. by Simmons.
But if the talks heat up with the Kings in the Summer League, it may be causing other potential Simmons contenders to increase their bids to stay competitive. We’ll see what happens.