A deal that would send Matisse Thybulle to Sacramento with Ben Simmons as part of a six-player NBA swap has reportedly been knocked back by Philadelphia.
Australia's Simmons remains the target of strengthening trade talks between the Kings and 76ers, with a Philadelphia Inquirer report detailing an upgraded offer that included Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes and two first-round picks for his services.
Defensive powerhouse Thybulle, who starred at the Olympics for the bronze-medal Boomers, and Tobias Harris were also bundled into the package.
A source told the newspaper the Sixers weren't interested though, despite the prospect of a disgruntled Simmons spending the entire NBA season on ice.
Simmons' representatives met with the team in Philadelphia recently but the sitdown ended with nothing settled and the demand for a trade from the All-Star point guard's camp remains intact.
Simmons hasn't played this season and an acrimonious split appears likely given tensions between him, head coach Doc Rivers and 76ers All-Star centre Joel Embiid.
Embiid called Simmons' position as a holdout a "slap in the face" and declared he'd no longer talk about Simmons or the trade rumours.
Team president Daryl Morey and general manager Elton Brand are reportedly insisting on equal value in any trade, and according to ESPN, the 76ers also upped the asking price by requesting teams take Harris' hefty contract in return.
Thybulle has also been considered as "close to being untouchable" in trade talks, according to the Inquirer, as his value as an elite defender continues to grow.
The 24-year-old earned second-team All-Defensive honours last season despite playing limited minutes off the bench.
That application, alongside some impressive fast-break offence, ensured he was an instant hit in his Boomers debut at the Tokyo Games.
76ers fans have started to appreciate the Thybulle package too, the guard in the same statistical bracket defensively as superstars Draymond Green, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo this season.
The 76ers (25-18) are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings ahead of Thursday's clash with lowly Orlando (8-37).
Australian Associated Press
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