De’Aaron Fox speaks out on Buddy Hield’s contract extension discussions with Kings
Hield is eligible to sign a rookie-scale contract extension with the Kings. If Sacramento and Hield can’t agree to an extension, Buddy would enter restricted free agency next summer if the Kings offer him a qualifying offer worth $6.5 million.
“Everybody deals with their own, so it’s something I worry about, but obviously, I want to continue to play with a guy like that,” Fox told NBC Sports California. “For me, just hopefully they get it done.”
Fox and Hield built chemistry on the floor last season, and are developing into a dynamic backcourt. While Fox isn’t going to jump in and help out with negotiations, he’d like to keep Hield and the rest of the young core together in Sacramento and see if they can develop into something special.
“For sure,” Fox said when asked about the core staying together. “I think we have a lot of things that we can continue to get better at, and I think once everyone is at their peak, I think we’ll be a hell of a team.”
Hield averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season for the Kings while shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from beyond the arc and 88.6 percent from the free-throw line. He’s part of the Kings’ core which is headlined by Fox, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harry Giles.
Sacramento acquired Hield from the New Orleans Pelicans in the DeMarcus Cousins trade. If he doesn’t sign an extension before the upcoming season, Hield will make $4.9 million in 2019-20.