Buddy Hield gives cryptic answer about his future with Kings
Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield only averaged 20 minutes per game during the Orlando bubble in the seeding games. That’s not exactly ideal considering the Kings signed Hield to a lucrative contract extension before the 2019-20 season started.
After Sacramento’s 2019-20 season officially ended on Thursday, Hield basically admitted he’s not comfortable with the lack of minutes:
“Y'all know me … Y’all can read me well so I’ll let y’all answer that for yourselves.” — Buddy Hield https://t.co/3BQjG7HN6t
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) August 13, 2020
Buddy Hield had issues with ex-Kings head coach Dave Joerger before Joerger was fired. Hield was also critical of his role under Luke Walton earlier this season, and he was even moved to the bench at one point. It’s clear Hield wasn’t pleased with how he was used for much of this season. There have even been rumors that he might ask for a trade, and this answer only lends credence to them.
Hield came into Thursday averaging 19.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game on the season. He’s argubaly one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA. His skill set would actually fit the Philadelphia 76ers really well if the Kings and Hield ultimately decide to part ways.
Sacramento signed Hield to a four-year, $94 million contract in October of 2019. The 27-year-old guard is owed $24,431,818 in 2020-21.
The Kings missed the playoffs this season again. They haven’t made the postseason since 2006. To make matters worse, Luka Doncic is already a superstar with the Dallas Mavericks, while Sacramento forward Marvin Bagley III — the player the Kings took ahead of Doncic — has been injury-prone in the NBA.