The Sacramento Kings have been heavily involved in every single trade rumor leading up to this year’s Feb. 10 deadline (at least it feels like that), with point guard De’Aaron Fox the team’s most valuable asset.
Fellow guard Tyrese Haliburton is an organizational building block, while Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes, and Buddy Hield have all been deemed available at certain points.
Like seemingly everything with this franchise, the trade rumors are random, chaotic, and seemingly come from everywhere.
But if the Kings want to make a real deadline splash, Fox is the best way to accomplish it.
Here are the three best fits for one of the best point guards in the NBA if the franchise decides to send him packing in the next few weeks.
A cross-country trip to Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks
The Knicks made themselves known as buyers early in the process by acquiring Cam Reddish from the Atlanta Hawks.
But swooping in to grab Fox would be a horse of a different color.
Even in a down season compared to 2020-21, the Kentucky product is still posting 21 points, more than five assists, and more than a steal every night. He’s shooting 46% on 17.2 attempts.
New York’s point guard play has been … lacking would be a nice way to put it. Kemba Walker, whose play was so bad he got benched at one point this year, is the team’s leading scorer at that spot, averaging 13 points in 28 games.
Derrick Rose has played even fewer games (26) and is scoring less than Walker on a nightly basis.
Fox would be a significant upgrade over anything the Knicks have. Realistically, he’d be an upgrade over everything the Knicks have.
An all-in addition for the surprising Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs continue to surge. They’re 8-2 in their last 10 games and are now 30-19 on the year.
That puts Cleveland third in the East, just 1.5 games back of first.
With the combination of Rookie of the Year Favorite Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, and Lauri Markkanen, the Cavaliers have three legit 7-footers, which has led to the second-best defense in the league.
However, the team is just 22nd in scoring and has missed one of their best offensive talents in Collin Sexton, who has yet to play this year.
Darius Garland is carrying the backcourt fort, and Kevin Love is having a career resurgence, chipping in offensively where he can. But to make a legitimate title run, the Cavs need more offense.
When Sexton was next to him, Garland proved he has the skills needed to play off the ball. He and Fox would theoretically fit together in the same backcourt.
Adding a dynamic point guard to Cleveland’s starting lineup would make the Cavs even more of a threat to come out of the East.
The elephant in the NBA room: a trip to Philly in return for Ben Simmons
And here we arrive at the most talked-about destination.
Philadephia 76ers general manager Daryl Morey has been stubborn about not trading his former franchise point guard for anything less than another star.
He apparently doesn’t think Fox is in that vein, but he’s also publicly stated there are deals to be had with the Kings, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Now, Sports Talk Philly has reported Sacramento has decided to end their “pursuit” of Simmons. But with the Kings, expect the unexpected, even if you hear not to expect what was initially expected.
*Shoulder shrug* The Kings, am I right?
Big Ben makes legitimate sense as a fit out west, though, and the fifth-year point guard would most certainly have to be included in such a deal. So if it does come to fruition, the Sixers are definite destination for Fox.
All statistics courtesy of NBA.com.