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The Buddy Hield problem that ‘is not going away’ for Kings

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When Buddy Hield signed a four-year, $94 million contract extension with the Sacramento Kings before the start of the 2019-20 season, he was expecting to be the full-time starter.

However, Hield wound up becoming the Kings’ sixth man during the 2019-20 campaign and it’s widely assumed in league circles he’s not happy about it.

Sam Amick of The Athletic, who has a history of having a lot of intel on the Kings organization, recently appeared on the HoopsHype podcast with Michael Scotto where he talked about the Hield problem that “is not going away” for Sacramento.

“You’ve got the Buddy Hield situation. He does not see himself as a sixth man. He’s not happy as a sixth man. That problem is not going away, and you gave him starter money. Do you test the market on Buddy? Can you get anything back?”

Hield appeared in 72 games for the Kings this season. The sharpshooter came off the bench 28 times. He averaged 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.6 percent from the free throw line.

The Kings missed the playoffs in Luke Walton’s first year as head coach. There are many pundits around the league who are adamant that Hield doesn’t like playing for Walton since the former Los Angeles Lakers head coach is bringing him off the bench.

With that being said, it will be interesting to see if Hield is on the Kings by the time the 2020-21 season starts. The former Oklahoma Sooner is set to make $24.4 million next season.