By Jerry Wein

The Sixers are in Portland tonight to face the Blazers, who have one or two apples of Daryl Morey’s eye — Dame Lillard and CJ McCollum — in the Ben Simmons bake-off.

And then they head to Sacto to play the woebegone Kings, who have Buddy Hield, whom Art Beitchman has written would look nice in a Sixers uni.

Luke Walton has never seemed to have much in the way of job security as head coach of the Kings, so it’s little surprise to hear he might be back in the crosshairs with the Kings off to another sub-.500 start.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Shams Charania reported Walton’s “job status will likely be in peril soon” if his squad can’t snap out of this funk. The Kings have lost five of their last six games, and they’ll have a hard time changing their fortune with the competition level rising on the upcoming schedule.

The Kings are reportedly “determined to break their 15-year playoff drought,” and while one could argue that Walton may not have the players to do it, that may not be enough to extend his stay in Northern California.

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