Buddy Hield, Vlade Divac speak after Hield’s harsh comments about Kings’ past
Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield made headlines this week after an emotional outcry while speaking to the media, pleading his case for a new, maximum contract extension with the northern California NBA franchise given his past performance, Now, general manager and former Kings center Vlade Divac was caught speaking out to the fourth-year swingman.
Via Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, Divac was captured on video “sharing a moment,” as Anderson puts it, following the Kings’ Friday practice.
Kings guard Buddy Hield and general manager Vlade Divac share a moment after practice … pic.twitter.com/jeuqJjriTH
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) October 18, 2019
The two appear to be on good terms despite the behind-the-scenes contract negotiations between Sacramento management and Hield’s representatives. The 51-year-old Divac, who spent six years manning the paint for the Kings, can be seen smacking hands with his 26-year-old guard.
Hield averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 31.9 minutes per game during the 2018-19 season, appearing in all 82 games for Sactown. The Bahamian native and humanitarian was a major reason the Kings saw an improvement in their win total last season, alongside backcourt teammate and Most Improved Player runner-up point guard De’Aaron Fox. The Kings went 39-43 this past year after winning 27 games the prior season. They were on the precipice of the franchise’s first postseason berth since the 2005-06 season—a 13-year gap, the longest in the league.
Divac has had a tumultuous tenure in charge of the Kings. Before not possessing a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, the Kings picked Marvin Bagley III in 2018 with the second overall selection—choosing not to take EuroLeague MVP and current Dallas Mavericks wing Luka Doncic. A year prior Divac and company picked Fox with the fifth overall pick.