Kings’ Buddy Hield teases desire for trade to Sixers
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Buddy wants to be a Sixer. Make it happen Elton pic.twitter.com/UGMq9W3Jc0
— Will🦅 (@simmons_szn) September 23, 2020
Buddy Hield signed a four-year, $94 million extension with the Kings before the start of the 2019-20 season. However, it’s widely assumed in league circles he’s not happy with his role in Sacramento.
Since the Sixers got swept in the first round of the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World and need more shooters around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, it makes sense that the team has an interest in trading for Hield, who is one of the top 3-point shooters in the NBA.
Hield appeared in 72 games for the Kings in 2019-20. 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.
That’s the type of production the Sixers would love to get from the perimeter.
To acquire Hield, the Sixers would certainly have to part ways with Al Horford or Tobias Harris. General manager Elton Brand has already come out and said he’s not planning to trade Simmons or Embiid despite the two All-Stars being a poor fit alongside each other.
However, the addition of Horford in 2019-20 made the Sixers’ floor spacing even worse than it was in 2018-19. If Brand can somehow get rid of Horford and his monster contract and get more shooters on the team such as Hield, maybe the Sixers can truly contend in the Eastern Conference next season.
The first order of business for Brand, though, is to hire a new head coach. Thus far, the Sixers have been linked to Tyronn Lue and Mike D’Antoni.