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The Kings and Buddy Hield Agree on a Four-Year Contract Extension

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October 22, 2019 - 6:12 pm

By Charlie O @Charlio1320

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The Sacramento Kings avoided having to deal with an unhappy player and the possibility of one of their key pieces of their rebuilding process demanding a midseason trade by signing guard Buddy Hield to multi-year contract extension. The Kings have a policy of not releasing the details of player’s contracts.

“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.”

The Woj says the contract could reach three figures

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN says the contract is a four-year deal worth $94-million. He also says the contract includes bonuses that could increase the value of the deal to as much as $106-million.

Other analysts have weighed in and say that the bonuses are very attainable, so the contract is going to be a $100-plus payday for the shooting guard.

The delay in reaching a deal was never about not wanting Hield

The Kings see Hield as an essential foundational piece of their rebuilding process. He is also the key player they received from the New Orleans Pelicans when the Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins. To have lost Hield just as he is coming into his prime would have been a devastating development for Sacramento.

The NBA Salary Cap was the hang up for the Kings. The team had already committed $85-million over the next four years to Harrison Barnes. They are going to have to deal with Bogdan Bogdanovich on the Restricted Free Agent market at the end of this season. De’Aaron Fox will be up for an extension soon and with Marvin Bagley III as well in the near future. That is putting real stress on the team’s salary cap.

The other issue that popped up out of nowhere to affect the salary pool was the China situation. No one in the National Basketball Association thought that they would be dealing with a $300-million shortfall in income before the 2019-20 season tips-off. That anticipated loss caused the salary cap figures to be downgraded for every team in the league. Suddenly, the Kings had less money to deal with for their contract extensions instead of the increased funds they anticipated having to use.

This is why the Kings wanted to keep Hield in SAC

 Hield is entering his fourth season in the NBA and has accrued averages of 14.9 points (.446 FG%, .419 3pt%, .874 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 26.8 minutes per game in 244 games (149 starts) with the New Orleans Pelicans (2016-17) and the Sacramento Kings (2016-current). The sixth overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Pelicans amassed 20.7 points (.458 FG%, .427 3pt%, .886 FT%), 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 31.9 minutes per game as he played all 82 games (all starts) during the 2018-19 campaign for the Kings. Hield set career-highs in points, rebounds and assists per game as well as free-throw percentage.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound guard also set a Kings single-season franchise record for 3-pointers made in 2018-19 with 278 made threes and is one of five players in NBA history with 275 or more 3-point field goals made in a single season.

Hield was fourth in the NBA during the 2018-19 season in 3-point field goals made (278) and seventh in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.427%) while the Bahamian native participated in the 2019 Mtn Dew 3-Point Contest in Charlotte, NC as part of All-Star Saturday Night festivities. In Kings annals, Hield ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage (.429), fourth in 3-pointers made (513) and third in free-throw percentage among franchise leaders.

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