BoogieTime wrote:It was pointed out to me in the trades/transactions forum that the word "unlikely" that the Kings would deal Fox or Hali is different from wouldnt deal them...
Is that semantics, or is it truth?
Are the Kings not fully closing the door on it?
Unlikely definitely doesn’t close the door. My question is: are the Kings better with Simmons in place of Fox or Hali? It’s truly interesting. If you replace Fox with Simmons, then you don’t really sacrifice pace. Buddy becomes an integral weapon again (if used right) and the team defense improves. The biggest issue is that the Kings are left without a go-to scorer unless Buddy can channel his Oklahoma days. I see that as a big issue in the West. I don’t want to trade Fox for Simmons because of perceived trade value differences and genuine attachment, but I am looking at the replacement and I’m not having to squint to see the positives.
Trading Hali for Simmons is odd because you likely have to move Buddy with him. That takes all the 3-point shooting away from the Kings and makes this team reliant on transition. I don’t think that makes them better, regardless of the defensive intensity that would come from the perimeter (Hali, Mitchell, and Simmons… oh my gosh!).