Video: Buddy Hield jokingly makes money gesture at Vlade Divac during Kings Fan Fest
During the King’s Fan Fest, Hield jokingly made a money gesture directed at Divac after he scored. The 51-year-old GM can’t help but laugh, while Hield couldn’t also hide his amusement.
Contract extension negotiations continued at today's Sacramento Kings Fan Fest, as Buddy Hield sends a stern message to GM Vlade Divac 💰💸😅
(sarcasm obvi – still funny) pic.twitter.com/1KNwXmXIqV
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) October 19, 2019
Hield, one of the fastest rising stars in the NBA, reportedly turned down a four-year, $90 million contract offer from the Kings, even saying that the offer was insulting. The third-year guard averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebound and 2.5 assists for Sacramento last season, and he’s expected to get even better moving forward.
The Kings haven’t offered Hield another contract yet, but if they won’t be able to seal the deal before the Oct. 21 deadline, he will become a restricted free agent next summer. The 26-year-old sharpshooter and his camp are asking for an extension offer that’s worth $110 million.
Hield has made it clear that he wants to stay with the Kings and continue what they’re building as a team, but he also warned them he could leave if the management wouldn’t give him what he wants. While negotiations are still ongoing, both sides are reportedly far from getting a deal done.
One of the main reasons why the Kings are hesitant to give Hield what he wants is because they will still need to re-sign his backcourt partner, De’Aaron Fox, who is expected to demand a max rookie-scale extension.
Moreover, the team has already re-signed forward Harrison Barnes to a four-year deal worth $85 million, and they are waiting on whether or not Bogdan Bogdanovic will accept their extension offer of a four-year, $51 million.