As the conflict between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers continues, it's clear that neither side is in any rush to get a trade deal done before this year's upcoming deadline. But if a package is put together and accepted, it appears one NBA team has the three-time All-Star point guard as their No. 1 priority.
According to NBA insider Sam Amick of The Athletic, Simmons is "priority one" for the Sacramento Kings.
Amick also named Indiana Pacers All-Star big-man Domantas Sabonis as a possible trade target for the struggling Western Conference franchise.
"If they can't get Simmons, then they're going for Sabonis. That's No. 1 and No. 2," he explained. "In terms of interest/desperation, I don't know how many others are that high on [a possible trade].
"I think Simmons is priority one."
Amick then went on to say that he'd be "stunned" if the Kings didn't make a big-time trade before next month's Feb. 10 deadline. He also explained that he's heard no current Sacramento players are untouchable -- including fifth-year star De'Aaron Fox.
Simmons has yet to take the floor this year after citing mental health issues prior to the 2021-22 season. While a trade away from Philly is possible before the deadline, it appears a move could be more likely sometime during the upcoming offseason.
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