ESPN’s trade suggestion has Sixers moving Ben Simmons out to Kings – Sixers Wire

It is now that time of year where trade suggestions and scenarios are going to dominate the NBA news cycle when it includes a big name. The big name in this case is one of the cornerstones of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ever since the team was eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Atlanta Hawks on June 20, Ben Simmons has been involved in plenty of trade rumors. The Sixers have begun taking trade calls on the 25-year old, but they also plan to remain patient as they have their eyes on bigger names such as Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal.

In the case that they can’t land Lillard or Beal, there are always other names to look at. ESPN has come up with a trade suggestion that would send Simmons to the Sacramento Kings for Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, and Tyrese Haliburton:

Morey has been looking for a king’s ransom in exchange for Simmons, and he gets one here. Haliburton is another big point guard who is coming off a strong rookie campaign and would be a core player who could fit immediately into Simmons’ starting role. Hield’s outstanding long-range shooting would give the 76ers a different dimension as they try again to leap to the championship-level tier.

Hield and Seth Curry on the court simultaneously, getting open shots created by the defensive attention drawn by Joel Embiid, is a scary thought. Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft just three years ago, and if he can shed his injury-prone label, he still has a mountain of potential.

Everybody knows Hield is one of the better shooters in the game and Bagley III has shown flashes when he has been healthy, but the intriguing prospect here is Haliburton. He averaged 13.0 points and 5.3 assists while also shooting 40.9% from deep on 5.1 attempts as a rookie and his potential fit next to Embiid would be interesting surrounded by those shooters.

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