ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Kings “have ended their pursuit of a deal with the 76ers and turned elsewhere in trade talks, sources told ESPN on Friday.
ESPN Sources: The Sacramento Kings – one of the most aggressive teams in the market and once an eager suitor for Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons – have ended pursuit of a deal with the 76ers and turned elsewhere in trade talks. Story soon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2022
“Inside of two weeks until the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline, the Kings believe the asking price for Simmons is too steep and that a pathway to a trade agreement with the Sixers doesn’t exist, sources said,” Wojnarowski wrote.
Wojnarowski also noted that Sacramento no longer being a potential trade partner for Philadelphia “somewhat diminishes the chances of an in-season trade,” though the Sixers still see ways to complete a deal before the Feb. 10 trade deadline.
“With the Kings exiting talks and sources saying the Brooklyn Nets will not engage on a James Harden trade, it becomes an ever-increasing possibility that 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey will be willing to advance the Simmons talks into the offseason,” Wojnarowksi said.