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3 Best Destinations For De'Aaron Fox: Boston Celtics Are The Perfect Team For Him

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3 Best Destinations For De'Aaron Fox: Boston Celtics Are The Perfect Team For Him

De'Aaron Fox is one of the most underrated point guards in the league, and he's generally viewed as the best players on the Sacramento Kings. He is currently averaging 21.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 5.1 APG.

Recently, we've seen De'Aaron Fox receive a lot of trade interest, and there's no question that his talent will command a lot of suitors. In this article, we explore the 3 best destinations for De'Aaron Fox.

3. New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans Receive: De'Aaron Fox

Sacramento Kings Receive: Devonte' Graham, Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tomas Satoransky, 2022 first-round pick (LAL), 2023 first-round pick (NOP) 

If the Sacramento Kings choose to go the rebuilding route, then the New Orleans Pelicans could provide them with a package featuring young players and picks.

Devonte' Graham and Tomas Satoransky's contracts would be in this deal for salary matching purposes. However, Satoransky is an expiring contract, and Devonte' Graham could potentially be traded in a later trade. Graham is known as a solid shooter and is shooting 35.6% from beyond the arc this season.

The young players in this deal would be Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Jaxson Hayes is an athletic center who could potentially be a starter in the future if developed properly. Nickeil Alexander-Walker profiles as a shot creator, and he is a defender who is able to guard 1-3. The two first-round picks would be draft compensation to get this deal done.

On the New Orleans Pelicans, De'Aaron Fox would get the opportunity to team up with Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. The New Orleans Pelicans have made a solid play-in push after a horrible start to the season, and if they get to a play-in seed, perhaps we see them make the playoffs through the tournament.

2. Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers Receive: De'Aaron Fox

Sacramento Kings Receive: Ben Simmons

It was recently reported that the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings have explored a De'Aaron Fox and Ben Simmons swap. It remains to be seen if those talks progress to being serious talks in the future.

The Philadelphia 76ers canvassed the prospect of a Fox, Ben Simmons trade package as recently as a few days ago, but dialogue remains exploratory due diligence, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

As far as a destination, the Philadelphia 76ers for De'Aaron Fox. He'd instantly be walking into a playoff team, and Fox would definitely make their team better on the offensive end of the floor. A De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Maxey backcourt would be deadly, and they would obviously be next to Joel Embiid, who is one of the top-10 players in the world, with an argument for being the best.

The Sacramento Kings would be able to have a franchise centerpiece in Ben Simmons, and he'd be able to develop there and get more offensive touches. Simmons would also be able to shore up their defense. Getting Simmons and putting him next to other talented players such as Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell could be a good foundation to build from for the Sacramento Kings.

1. Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics Receive: De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield

Sacramento Kings Receive: Jaylen Brown, Al Horford

We have previously covered a De'Aaron Fox - Jaylen Brown swap scenario, where the Sacramento Kings would receive Jaylen Brown and make him their franchise centerpiece, while sending De'Aaron Fox to the Boston Celtics to give him an opportunity to play on a more competitive team next to Jayson Tatum.

Essentially, this trade would likely happen if the Boston Celtics felt the need to move on from Jaylen Brown due to fit issues with Jayson Tatum. De'Aaron Fox is a versatile point guard who is a good scorer but can also take on some playmaking duties. He could be a perfect 2nd option next to Jayson Tatum, and be that playmaker that the Boston Celtics have been missing. The Celtics would also acquire Buddy Hield in this scenario, who is well-known for being a sharpshooter.

On the Sacramento Kings' end, getting Jaylen Brown as a franchise centerpiece would be perfect. He'd fit better positionally next to Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell, while also being a fantastic scorer and perimeter defender. Al Horford could be the veteran for the team as well, and help them build a winning culture. Overall, this would be a solid trade for both teams.