SIXERS WANTED KINGS’ RANSOM FOR SIMMONS: SACTO LAUGHED!

By Tommy Matthews

In another example of how badly Sixers big boss has misjudged the trade market for crybaby Ben Simmons, the overpaid, overrated, thin-skinned holdout, try this:

From a report filed Sunday, Matt Moore of Action Network:

“The Kings had talks with the Sixers for Ben Simmons, but the asking price was both De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton — no surprise given Philly’s consistent asking price for Simmons being astronomical — but eventually reports surfaced the Kings were taking both off the board,” Moore wrote.

Fox has missed the Kings’ last eight games with ankle issues. He’s averaging 21.0 points per game this season and shooting a career-worst 24.8 percent from downtown.

After finishing third in last year’s Rookie of the Year voting, Haliburton is logging 14.3 points and 7.4 assists per game in his sophomore campaign. He racked up a career-high 17 assists in the Kings’ 113-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

“If you’re not looking for some sort of star, like (Domantas) Sabonis, Barnes may be as good as you can get for impact,” a source told Moore.

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