The Kings are one of the teams with interest in Ben Simmons, though sources tell Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee that the trade package they offer is unlikely to include De’Aaron Fox in a trade package for the former No. 1 overall pick.
The Sixers’ asking price remains high, as the franchise is looking for an All-Star in return if they are going to trade Simmons. Neither Hield nor Bagley is that. For what it’s worth, Fox, who averaged 25.2 points this past season, isn’t quite there yet either but he’s on the right track to eventually be that caliber of player.
There’s been some chatter around the league that the Sixers’ best course of action is to keep Simmons and do whatever it takes to add Kyle Lowry to the team. The Simmons-Joel Embiid relationship is reportedly as strong as ever and Lowry would be the best compliment to Philly’s current core.
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- The Nets and Heat are among the teams with interest in P.J. Tucker, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. Tucker, who may be looking for a deal in the $12 million per year range, may not be a financial fit for the Bucks, and several other teams, including the Lakers, Warriors, Nuggets, and Jazz, could make a run at the forward.
- Chris Paul can become a free agent at the end of the season by declining his $44.2 million player option but regardless of whether that takes place, the Suns are the favorites for his services next season, ESPN’s Bobby Marks writes (Insider-only link). Phoenix has the ability to offer CP3 a four-year deal while others can only give him three, and aside from contract details, the Suns offer him a supporting cast that’s championship-ready, something suitors like the Knicks simply can not do right now.
- If Bradley Beal turns down an extension with the Wizards this summer, the franchise shouldn’t take it as a sign he wants out, Marks adds (same piece). Beal will be eligible for a five-year deal after the 2021-22 season, one that could pay him roughly $54 million more than he would get in an extension this summer. Still, allowing Beal to hear pitches in free agency comes with risk.
- The Grizzlies have a path to open up as much as $22 million in cap space and could be a wild-card team in free agency, Marks explains. The team’s salary situation will hinge on whether they opt to pick up Justice Winslows’ $13 million team option.
- Collin Sexton‘s future with the Cavaliers remains in doubt and the Knicks are reportedly seen as the most aggressive suitor for his services. Rumors of the guard being “very available” have swirled as the Cavaliers continue trade talks with teams around the league.