The Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers have not been able to come to an agreement on a trade that would send Jimmy Butler from Philly to Sac, but they are still working towards it. The Sixers remain “priority 1” in terms of moving him, according to one source close with the situation.

The “philadelphia 76ers roster” is a list of all the players on the Philadelphia 76ers. The team has been trying to trade for Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins since last year, but the Kings have refused to waive their “priority 1” status.

76ers Star Remains 'Priority 1' for the Sacramento Kings

Is it better for him to remain or go right now? Outside of that lone query, the Clash and Philadelphia 76ers general manager Daryl Morey certainly don’t have much in common. Morey, on the other hand, is still scouring the NBA for a club that can help him with his dissatisfied star point guard.

Since the summer, at least a dozen teams have been engaged in potential trades, but the Sacramento Kings now look to be prepared to make a Ben Simmons trade their primary priority going into the deadline.

The Sacramento Kings are attempting to reach the playoffs for the first time in 16 years.

Since Russell Westbrook’s arrival in the NBA in 2008:

appearances in the playoffs Sacramento Kings: 0 Russ: 11

Selections by All-Stars 9 Russ 3 – Sacramento Kings

Finals of the Western Conference 4 Russ 0 for the Sacramento Kings.

Russ: 1 Sacramento Kings: 0 NBA Finals

Russ: 1 Sacramento Kings: 0 MVPs Russ: 1 Sacramento Kings: 0

— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) January 13, 2022

The Kings last reached the playoffs, according to RealGM, in 2006, when they were eliminated in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs. During the series, Sacramento’s highest scorer was Bonzi Wells.

The Kings’ previous playoff series triumph came in 2004, when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Those were the last games for the Mike Bibby, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, and Doug Christie squads who came close to reaching the NBA Finals in 2002.

It’s an understatement to say things haven’t been great since then.

However, with the play-in tournament now open to teams like Sacramento, a playoff spot becomes more likely. Most NBA teams wouldn’t aim for a tenth place finish, but this isn’t most NBA teams.

Should clubs make last-minute agreements in the hopes of reaching the play-in tournament? Most likely not. But the issue is whether the Kings should go for it. So, yes, maybe.

Sacramento is currently ranked 11th in the Western Conference. They’re 1.5 games behind Portland, who may be forced to rebuild if Damian Lillard is out for the remainder of the season.

The Kings are 4.5 games behind the ninth-seeded Clippers, who are missing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the remainder of the season and may be considering a mini-rebuild of their own.

Sacramento is vying for the tenth — and perhaps ninth — spot. However, how can I get there?

One name comes to mind (or two).

A deal for Ben Simmons might help the team into the playoffs for the first time.

The latest Ben Simmons trade rumor has the Sixers star landing with the Sacramento Kings.

The latest Ben Simmons trade rumor has the Sixers star landing with the Sacramento Kings. During the first quarter of a game against the Atlanta Hawks, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers advises his teammates. | Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Morey and the 76ers now want Tobias Harris to be a part of any Simmons trade.

For around 98 percent of the NBA’s teams, this makes no sense. Maybe 99 percent of the time. Sacramento, on the other hand, may be the only team willing to take them both.

That is, in fact, the case, as Sam Amick of The Athletic recently noted on The Athletic NBA Show podcast:

The Kings are, I think, really considering doing Simmons and Harris. That isn’t out of the question, in my opinion.

According to the word from the top, (GM Monte McNair) has been keeping his powder in his rifle the whole time… But there’s a lot of pressure on him to act right now, and I believe something will happen. Isn’t it true that Simmons is the most important person in the world?

Sam Amick of The Athletic speculates on the Kings’ potential acquisition of Ben Simmons.

Surprisingly, it would be the correct decision 100 percent of the time.

Sacramento has shown that it is incapable of drafting a superstar. And there isn’t going to be one available in free agency. The franchise’s only hope is to go all-in for one through trade.

If it entails getting Harris on board, so be it. That may be even better.

The fact that Simmons was a superstar-caliber point guard was lost in the shuffle and all the controversy. And, with a career slash line of 47/36/83, Harris has averaged at least 18 points each game since 2016-17.

Ben Simmons is better than De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes, and Buddy Hield. Regardless of the trade package, the Kings will get the best player in the deal, and this is a team in urgent need of a “best player.”

Simmons has gotten a lot of attention lately, and he has the potential to be a franchise cornerstone in Sacramento.

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Simmons isn’t a scorer who can score on his own. He’s also not going to space the floor or hit three-pointers.

However, he has twice been chosen first-team all-defense, has been in three All-Star games, won Rookie of the Year, and was named All-NBA in 2019-20.

All of this happened before he was 25.

As a nightly triple-double threat, he has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists in his career.

Big Ben’s transition talents are practically unrivaled in the NBA at 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds. The only comparable player is Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the former LSU standout’s passing and ball-handling skills much beyond those of the two-time MVP.

Giving Simmons his own squad and allowing him to do what he does best might be the catalyst that propels Sacramento to the coveted 10th spot.

Basketball Reference provided all statistics.

RELATED: The Philadelphia 76ers Need to Reconsider Their ‘Growing’ Asking Price for Ben Simmons Before the NBA Trade Deadline

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