Vlade Divac says Kings ‘working on’ contract extension for Buddy Hield
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac says the franchise is focused on re-signing shooting guard Buddy Hield before the 2019-20 season starts, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.
Hield is eligible to sign a rookie-scale contract extension with the Kings. If Sacramento and Hield can’t agree to an extension, the sharpshooter would enter restricted free agency next summer if the Kings offer him a qualifying offer worth $6.5 million.
“We are…very day is working and Buddy’s a big part of this team and we’ll figure something out down the road,” Divac said. “We’re working on it and we’ll figure out something. Buddy is (a) very important piece to this franchise.”
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 De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III and Harrison Barnes.
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.
The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006. They hired former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton this summer after parting ways with Dave Joerger.