The Sacramento Kings struck a deal with Buddy Hield before the deadline on Monday, locking their shooting guard up with a four-year deal. The extension has a $86 million base salary, plus $8 million in likely incentives and another $12 million in other bonuses.
Hield was initially said to be seeking a deal closer to $110 million and made some noise about it, but he decided to compromise by giving the Kings a bit of a discount while also getting those incentives in the deal.
Let’s start this by saying that this was a crucial move for the direction of Sacramento moving forward.
The Kings finally showed some signs of life last year, as they won 37 games and actually contended for a playoff spot in the Western Conference for much of the season thanks to their impressive stable of young talent.
Hield was a huge part of that, pouring in 20.7 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 42.7 percent from 3-point range.
While he may not be the most intriguing young player in a group that also includes De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III, Hield will certainly be a significant part of potential success for the Kings for this season and beyond, so locking him up was pivotal.
To be perfectly honest, this is a really good deal.
Not only that, but Jaylen Brown is rumored to be asking the Boston Celtics for four years and $120 million. Again, while Brown plays both ends of the floor, he is in no way, shape or form that much better than Hield (if at all) at this stage.
So, the Kings got a bargain here.
Of course, one can argue that Hield is a bit one-dimensional, as he is an average defender, at best. Even offensively, he is basically just a shooter and not much else, but this is a dude who averaged over 20 points per game in his third season. That’s terrific, especially considering he did it efficiently.
Plus, given how great of a slasher Fox is and how much of a low-post threat Bagley is, Sacramento really needs perimeter shooting to open up the floor. Hield (along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and others) should continue to provide that for the club.
You also have to be happy for Hield, who, by all accounts, is an outstanding kid who clearly loves Sactown.
Given the Kings have not made the playoffs since 2006 and have rivaled the New York Knicks for the NBA’s biggest laughingstock since then, this is a great move all-around for the organization.
This contract extension gets an A grade from me.