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A Blockbuster Mega 3-Team Trade Idea: Ben Simmons And Russell Westbrook To Kings, De'Aaron Fox To Sixers, Harrison Barnes To Lakers

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A Blockbuster Mega 3-Team Trade Idea: Ben Simmons And Russell Westbrook To Kings, De'Aaron Fox To Sixers, Harrison Barnes To Lakers

The trade deadline is just around the corner in the NBA world. There's no doubt a lot of teams will be looking to add players or shake up their roster.

Multi-team trades are more commonplace in the modern NBA, and it is possible that we see some blockbuster trades ahead or at the deadline.

In this article, we provide a multi-team blockbuster trade scenario where players that have been featured in trade rumors like Ben Simmons and Harrison Barnes move on to new destinations that could use their abilities. The Kings would notably get Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook, the 76ers would get De'Aaron Fox, and the Los Angeles Lakers would get Harrison Barnes.

Sacramento Kings Receive: Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Tobias Harris 

Philadelphia 76ers Receive: De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley, Tristan Thompson, 2022 first-round pick (SAC) 

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Harrison Barnes, 2025 first-round pick (SAC), 2022 second-round pick (ATL)

Kings Shake Things Up And Become A More Competitive Team

The Sacramento Kings have had the league's longest playoff drought. This trade would help them acquire some players who can get them to the postseason.

Ben Simmons would obviously be the main acquisition for the Sacramento Kings. He is a top-tier defender and playmaker and would be an even better player if he develops his offensive game further. Simmons is the type of talent worth taking a risk on.

Russell Westbrook and Tobias Harris are both viewed as negative contracts around the league, but they are still good basketball players. Russell Westbrook does a lot of positive things on the offensive end as a playmaker and slasher, and Tobias Harris is a decent scoring wing. They could definitely be contributors on a playoffs team.

A major appeal of this trade for the Sacramento Kings is their ability to retain Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell while getting impact players on the roster. 

The Kings' potential starting lineup featuring Russell Westbrook, Davion Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Richaun Holmes would be a competitive team in the Western Conference. Simmons and Westbrook could be the two main ballhandlers on the roster, and they'd have a great defensive lineup as Mitchell and Holmes are fantastic defenders.

Overall, this trade allows the Sacramento Kings to add 2 solid veterans and a top-tier young player to their roster while keeping two promising young guards. This is a solid outcome for a team that is looking to make the playoffs.

76ers Get A Co-Star And Some Shooters To Put Around Joel Embiid

The Philadelphia 76ers have been looking for a star-level player to pair with Joel Embiid in a Ben Simmons trade, while also looking to move on from Tobias Harris' contract. This trade would allow them to do both of those things while acquiring players that fit well next to Joel Embiid. The 76ers would also acquire a draft pick, which would definitely be good as a trade asset or help in the future.

De'Aaron Fox is obviously producing at a star level. He is currently averaging 21.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 5.2 APG on the season. Fox could definitely be the No. 2 offensive option next to Joel Embiid, and he is a capable playmaker that can run the offense as well.

Buddy Hield is one of the best shooters in the league, and high-volume shooters have often done well with Joel Embiid due to the gravity he commands on the interior. Marvin Bagley would slot in at the PF spot for the 76ers, and he'd get a new opportunity on a squad that is actually in a playoff position, so he would have the chance to show what he could do on a competitive team. Tristan Thompson would likely be a depth option, as the 76ers already have a top-tier backup in Andre Drummond.

A lineup featuring De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Seth Curry, Marvin Bagley, and Joel Embiid would definitely be amazing, with a mix of athleticism and shooting. Tyrese Maxey is also an option to start as well, as he provides scoring, spacing, and ballhandling. 

This trade would definitely be beneficial for the 76ers, as they'd essentially be getting a star, 3 solid players, and a draft pick for sending out Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris.

The Los Angeles Lakers Acquire A Better Fitting Player In Harrison Barnes

Russell Westbrook's fit with the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James has always been imperfect, mostly due to his lack of an off-ball game and inability to space the floor around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. This trade would allow them to move Westbrook to another team while acquiring a solid two-way player and draft compensation in return.

Harrison Barnes is currently averaging 16.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 2.4 APG. He is also shooting 41.5% from beyond the arc while playing solid defense at either forward position. He would provide two things that the Lakers need: shooting and defense. Notably, it was reported that the Lakers have explored trades for multiple players, including Harrison Barnes. The two draft picks would be solid assets for the future.

Acquiring Harrison Barnes for the forward positions and moving on from Russell Westbrook would allow LeBron James to be the de-facto point guard once again, and the last time that happened, the Los Angeles Lakers ended up winning the title. Anthony Davis could play center, Harrison Barnes would slot in at either forward slot, and the last two spots in the starting lineup would go to shooters/shot creators like Malik Monk.

Overall, this is a trade that would allow the Los Angeles Lakers to move on from a player that hasn't performed as expected while acquiring a player that will fit next to their superstars, while also getting draft compensation.