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Sacramento Kings were considered one of the most equipped teams, asset-wise, to work a deal for Ben Simmons, who requested a trade from the Philadelpia 76ers.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Kings have made it clear they won’t include De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton in a Ben Simmons deal.


“According to a source with knowledge of their situation, the Kings spoke to the Sixers weeks ago and made it clear that both De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton would not be included in a possible Simmons deal.

That stance, the source said, has not and will not change, and the internal expectation is that the core of their roster will remain the same heading into training camp later this month.

There are no current conversations between the two teams and, barring a drastic change in demands, it appears the Kings are an unlikely landing spot for Simmons,” Amick reported.

Many teams are interested in the Australian national, who was one of the top defenders in the league. Minnesota Timberwolves are having heavy interest, while Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers were among those.