2022 NBA trade deadline rumors: Ben Simmons willing to sit out season; Knicks interested in Mavericks guard

The 2022 NBA trade deadline is just a couple weeks away on Feb. 10, and between now and then there will be no shortage of rumors circulating as every team in the league surveys their options for the rest of the season. Some squads may be looking to add that difference-maker as the playoffs near, while others may be looking to sell off players in hopes of rebuilding and heightening their draft night odds later this year. 

Already we’ve seen the Atlanta Hawks potentially gearing up for a bigger move, as they traded young guard Cam Reddish, Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round pick to the New York Knicks in exchange for Kevin Knox II and a 2022 first-round pick. But all of the action is building to the deadline, so until then here’s all the latest rumors circulating around the league.

Ben Simmons latest: Could he sit all year?

Disgruntled guard Ben Simmons has yet to suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, and the Sixers have yet to find a suitable trade partner who would give them the package they’re seeking. It’s been reported that Simmons is willing to sit out the remainder of the season if he’s not traded by the Feb. 10 deadline, which could be a real possibility if Philly doesn’t lower its asking price for Simmons or find a team willing to give the Sixers everything they want. The Sixers are reportedly asking for an All-Star caliber player in return for Simmons, in addition to first-round picks. There are vey few teams in the league who would — or are able to — offer that, which means a deal for Simmons could evolve into a multi-team transaction.

It’s already been reported that the Sixers have no interest in a trade that would send Russell Westbrook to the Sixers in exchange for Simmons, and other teams around the league are trying their best to offer a deal that would grab the attention of Sixers president Daryl Morey. Right now, though, nothing has materialized.

In other Sixers news, another well-paid Philadelphia player may be available this trade deadline, as its been reported that the team may try to stick Tobias Harris in a deal with Simmons. Harris hasn’t lived up to expectations this season, which were even higher given Simmons’ absence, and he’s still owed $77 million over the next two seasons, which Philadelphia would surely like to get out of. It would be difficult to send both Simmons and Harris to the same team given what they are both owed, but Harris could be involved in a multi-team deal where they head to different teams.

New York has already pulled off one deal before the deadline in getting Cam Reddish from the Atlanta Hawks, but it sounds like the team isn’t done in trying to stockpile guards. The Knicks have reportedly contacted Dallas about Jalen Brunson in the past, and apparently “want him bad.” But it’s unclear if the Mavericks would be willing to part with a guard who has become a full-time starter this season and is having the best year of his career while averaging 16 points and 5.7 assists. Brunson’s set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and if Dallas decides it can’t afford to keep him, then trading him while his value is at an all-time high would be the best path forward. 

However, Brunson has been invaluable in times when Luka Doncic has been sidelined, and he’s become that secondary ballhandler that Dallas has been searching for to pair with Doncic. So we’ll have to wait and see just how much Dallas values Brunson as the trade deadline nears.

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox has received attention ahead of the trade deadline, and the Sixers have reportedly reached out about him in an exploratory manner. But that doesn’t mean Fox would be suiting up for the Sixers, as he could be part of a larger deal and be rerouted to another team. While Fox may not end up in Philadelphia, his time in Sacramento may be coming to an end. The Kings, who haven’t made the postseason since 2006, are on the outside looking in at the Western Conference playoff picture. 

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