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Buddy Hield’s bonus down $1,500,000 after Kings failed to make playoffs


Buddy Hield has failed to lead the Sacramento Kings to the postseason and as a result, his bonus is down $1,500,000.

Per Bobby Marks of ESPN, the only bonus that Hield will receive is his inclusion in the league’s top 10 for 3-pointers made. Statistics show that Hield ranks third in 3-pointers made this season, behind James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat.

To recall, Buddy Hield inked an extension in 2019 — a contract worth $86 million for four years. The contract also includes up to $20 million in incentives that includes player and team objectives, including All-Star and playoff appearances.

The deal, which has a starting salary of $24 million, declines by eight percent per year. The contract doesn’t include a player or team option. The four years are guaranteed.

Prior to inking to hefty deal, Hield and the Kings were involved in some contract negotiation drama. Reports reveal that the Kings offered him a $90 million, four-year deal. However, Hield and his agent Brandon Rosenthal were pushing for $110 million. Hield had some strong words for the Kings during amid talks, per Sports 1140 KHTK:

“I see it like an insult. I feel like I’m worth more than that. If you say I’m your guy and you want to build around me, I just need you to show it. Actions speak louder than words. If you’re just talking and not showing nothing, I’m not going to respect it. I love playing here. I want to be here. This is my home. I’m trying to buy a house here, but everything is on stall mode because I don’t know if they’ll really commit to me.”