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Kings GM Vlade Divac calls Buddy Hield ‘an elite shooter in the league’

Buddy Hield, Vlade Divac, Kings

The Sacramento Kings have officially signed shooting guard Buddy Hield to a contract extension.

General manager Vlade Divac released a statement on the move in which he called Hield “an elite shooter in the league.”

“Buddy has made tremendous growth each season since joining the team and we are thrilled that he will remain a King as we continue to build an exciting future here in Sacramento,” said Divac. “He has quickly established himself as an elite shooter in the league and is an important part of our young, dynamic core.”

Last season for the Kings, Hield averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from beyond the arc and 88.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Hield is part of the Kings’ core which is headlined by De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harry Giles. Sacramento is looking to make the playoffs this season for the first time since 2006.

The Kings acquired Hield from the New Orleans Pelicans in the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Buddy would have entered restricted free agency next summer if he and the franchise didn’t agree to a deal.

Divac, Hield and the Kings are happy a deal was reached. Now, all sides can focus on basketball.