NBA rumors: 76ers want Tyrese Haliburton, picks in Ben Simmons trade

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Report: 76ers asked Kings for Hali, draft picks in Simmons trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

As Ben Simmons trade rumors continue swirling, the Philadelphia 76ers apparently see the Kings as a viable partner for a deal involving the disgruntled superstar. Philadelphia has asked the Kings for former lottery pick Tyrese Haliburton and multiple first-round draft picks in a Simmons trade proposal, The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported, citing league sources.

Charania reported, citing league sources, last week that the Kings have no plans to trade Haliburton or De'Aaron Fox and hope to build around the two young guards going forward.

"Sacramento and Atlanta have been among the most engaged recently in talks on Simmons, sources said, but team officials with those organizations doubt the 76ers will lower the price threshold for Simmons before Feb. 10," Charania and Amick wrote Monday morning.

The Kings continue to struggle through the 2021-22 season, currently standing 12th in the Western Conference with an 18-30 overall record.

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76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said last week that there are deals that work with the Kings during a radio interview, but that nothing definite was on the horizon. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, citing league sources, that a deal consisting of Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and two first-round draft picks was being considered by the 76ers for Simmons, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle.

"I will answer this as best I can," Morey said. "I can't talk about a specific [trade]. I can tell you for sure there are deals with the Sacramento Kings that I think would work. Will those deals ever happen? I have no idea. Are they just straight deals with the Kings? Probably not. Is it multiple teams? Probably. But for sure there are deals that are possible that would go over our line."

There still are 17 days until the NBA's Feb. 10 trade deadline, and this likely isn't the final time we hear Simmons' name mentioned in the same breath as the Kings.