Buddy Hield didn’t seem too bothered by the friendly fire that he encountered on Wednesday.
The Sacramento Kings drew the ire of his home fans in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, hearing boos amid an inefficient shooting night. After the game, Hield said that the booing did not matter to him.
“I know what I did to get here and no matter how many boos they throw at me, it’s not gonna affect me,” said Hield, per The Athletic’s Jason Jones. “I’m going to keep shooting, we’re going to keep playing basketball and they’re going to keep coming to support us.
“Everybody’s frustrated,” he added. “It’s not just them, but if it’s the home team and you get booed, we don’t agree with it but they’re going to voice their opinion. I understand the frustration, but like I said, I’m gonna keep shooting the ball. When I make a 3, they like me, then another moment they hate you. That’s how Sacramento fans are so you’ve got to embrace it. It’s fun though.”
Hield actually finished with 25 points on the night, but he is shooting a career-low 41.6 percent from the field this season with a career-high 2.7 turnovers per game. The 15-26 Kings have also now lost their last three games in a row.
The 27-year-old’s style of play seemed to rub his previous coach the wrong way too, but like Hield made clear, he is not going to change a darn thing.
Buddy Hield has the contract he wanted from the Sacramento Kings.
Hield has agreed to a four-year extension with the Kings, as first reported by Sam Amick of The Athletic. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the terms of the deal.
Hield is fresh off a breakout season in Sacramento that saw the 26-year-old average 20.7 points per game.
Hield made no secret of the fact that he wanted a new deal to stay in Sacramento, and was not shy about expressing his dissatisfaction with their initial offer. The Kings upped their proposal, and Hield is ready to sign. It happened pretty quickly after his critical comments, too, suggesting that the organization was listening.
Buddy Hield wants to get paid, and he’s not really enamored with the Sacramento Kings right now, but he still has a sense of humor about it.
At the Kings’ Fan Fest on Saturday, Hield threw down an alley-oop, then turned to GM Vlade Divac courtside and made the money sign. Both men had smiles on their faces and embraced afterward, so it was pretty clear that, at least in this context, it was all pretty light-hearted.
Despite the fun, there’s definitely a little bit of fire behind Hield’s actions. The 26-year-old broke out and averaged 20.7 points per game last season, and he has made no secret of the fact that he felt insulted by the Kings’ most recent contract offer. He’s set to be a restricted free agent after the season, and it’s clear that the franchise is going to have to get to work to keep him.
The Sacramento Kings are trying to sign Buddy Hield to a contract extension following his breakout season last year, but they are going to have to try a lot harder if they want the star guard to commit to them for the long term.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported on Wednesday that the Kings have offered Hield a four-year, $90 million deal. While speaking with the media after Sacramento’s exhibition win over Melbourne United, Hield unloaded on the team and hinted that he will demand a trade if they don’t up their offer significantly.
“I feel like I’m worth more than that. If you say I’m your guy and you want to build around me, I need you to show it,” Hield said. “Actions speak louder than words. If you’re just talking and not showing anything, I’m not going to respect it.”
Hield then pointed to the fact that Sacramento is not considered a top destination for NBA free agents, meaning the Kings had better find a way to satisfy him if they want to hold onto a star player. While he is not demanding a max contract extension (which would be either a four-year, $130.7 deal or a five-year, designated-player extension worth around $170 million), Hield told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee that he’s looking for more than $100 million over four years. Otherwise, he may want out.
“If it don’t get done, me and my team will look for something else — probably another home,” Hield said. “Until then, we’ll see if they really want me here. That’s the goal, to be here. I love Sacramento, but if they don’t want me here, if they don’t feel like I’m part of the core … I want to be here. If they don’t want me here, find somewhere else to be.”
Hield averaged a career-high 20.7 points per game last season, and he may have been one of the reasons the Kings made a coaching change. He’ll be a restricted free agent after the season, which means Sacramento could match any offer he receives on the open market if they extend him a qualifying offer. However, players forcing trades has become all too common in the NBA. Hield could become the next if the Kings don’t give him what he wants.
The Sacramento Kings decided to move on from Dave Joerger on Thursday, and a big reason for that may have been that the head coach did not see eye-to-eye with the front office on how the team’s roster has been built.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac spoke highly of the team’s young players after dismissing Joerger, and a piece from Jason Jones of The Athletic makes it clear that was not a coincidence. According to Jones, Joerger was “not as high” on superstar guard Buddy Hield heading into this season and would have been in favor of trading him.
That isn’t exactly a shock, and anyone who watched what unfolded between Joerger and Hield late in a game against the Golden State Warriors back in February could tell something was amiss. After Hield drained a deep three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to pull Sacramento to within one possession, Joerger was seen screaming at him for not running the play that was called. Hield later passed up an open three-pointer that could have won the game, and he was critical of himself afterword for not taking the shot.
Despite what both Hield and Joerger said, sources told Jones the way Joerger went after Hield bothered the 26-year-old and influenced his decision.
Joerger also seemed to have issues with No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III, who reportedly wondered privately if the coach even liked him. Again, that is not much of a surprise. Earlier in the year, Joerger took a shot at Sacramento’s front office for not drafting a different player at No. 2.
While it was a significant improvement that the Kings won 39 games this year, Divac and other team executives obviously feel a new coach can get more out of the roster. If Joerger didn’t believe in some of the key players on his team, Sacramento made the right move.
The playoff races are well underway in the NBA, and things are very competitive in both conferences. It looks likely that only a handful of games will separate fifth from eighth in certain cases, and the margins between making and missing the playoffs will be small.
Most contenders have key figures who will have a big say in where their teams land. These aren’t always the obvious stars, but a key name who’s returning from injury or picking up the slack at the right time. Here are 10 key players who will have a big say in the playoff races.
10. Buddy Hield, G, Kings
Hield has had a breakout year this season, but he hasn’t always been in the good graces of coach Dave Joerger, much to the frustration of some other players. The Kings are very much in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, and they’ll need Hield to play fearlessly — and have the trust of his coach — down the stretch. If he can play to his capabilities — like when he made 53.4 percent of his threes in January — the Kings will have a huge weapon as they chase a playoff spot.
Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger has been criticized this year for the way he has handled some of his young players, and one of the NBA’s biggest stars feels he saw a perfect example of that on Thursday night.
The Kings lost a tough game to the Golden State Warriors that ended when Buddy Hield missed a fadeaway jumper from the top of the key. Joerger clearly was not happy with the former first-round pick.
But that wasn’t the whole story. A few possessions earlier, Hield dribbled up the court with the Kings trailing 123-117 and pulled up from about 30 feet. Though he drained the shot to cut Golden State’s lead to one possession, he still caught an earful from Joerger.
It seems like that exchange between Hield and his coach resulted in Hield being gun-shy on the final possession. To his credit, Hield took responsibility after the game and said he had “no excuse” for not taking the three-pointer. However, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard ripped Joerger for his coaching methods.
Hield is averaging 20.5 points per game in his third NBA season, and he’s one of the main reasons Sacramento is in the playoff hunt. While he has a tendency to take some ill-advised shots, some of them have worked wonders in past games this season. You can understand why a coach would want a player to avoid those low-percentage plays, but scolding Hield in the middle of the game probably wasn’t the right approach.
Buddy Hield drained a buzzer-beater to give the Sacramento Kings a 103-101 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, and the team’s celebration afterwards was great.
After Hield made his improbable shot while being defended by three players, he led an exodus off the court. The Kings players seemed to be running away like they stole something — the game.
Hield finished with 35 points in Sacramento’s heist in Detroit. The Kings are now 24-22 on the season.
The mother of all NBA seasons is almost here. So as you finalize your League Pass subscriptions, complete your fantasy drafts, and prepare the guacamole for your watch parties, take some time to ponder the true meaning of the season — specifically, the benevolent stars who make such a joyous holiday possible with their prodigious athletic talents.
Here I present, each NBA team’s most important player heading into 2017-18:
Atlanta Hawks — Dennis Schroder, PG
“All my friends are dead,” said Schroder in his best Lil Uzi Vert voice as he gazed upon his roster following the respective exits of his last remaining All-Star teammates in Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard this summer. Yes, the Hawks are now as thin as a toothpick, and the incentive for them to “Do Badly for Bagley” or “Make The Fans Puka for Luka” will be enormous. But someone has to lead this JV squad, and their resident German is as good of an option as any. Perhaps we will see Dennis the Menace gun for 20 and 10. Maybe he develops some nice pick-and-roll chemistry with new additions Dewayne Dedmon and rookie John Collins. Perhaps he finally bleaches his entire head blonde. Anything to give this team a modicum of watchability this season.
Boston Celtics — Kyrie Irving
After selling an arm, a leg, and a hip for him this summer, the Celtics will hope that Irving’s performance in his first season with them does not fall flat. The outside noise in Uncle Drew’s ear will be deafening — mockery of his decision to ditch LeBron James and go off in search of his own empire, jeers at the perceived stagnation of his playmaking skills, pervasive meme treatments of his unorthodox views on astronomy. But Irving is here for one reason and one reason only: to ball out. And that’s what he’s gonna do. Just remember kids, there’s no such thing as distractions when you’re very much woke. [mic drop]
Sacramento Kings ownership apparently has a very high opinion of Buddy Hield.
Many observers were underwhelmed when the Kings shipped DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for Hield, a first-round pick, and two players who won’t be in Sacramento’s long-term plans. Apparently, Hield was key to the deal, with owner Vivek Ranadive comparing him to the league’s foremost sharpshooter.
Hield is probably not going to be Steph Curry. He might turn out to be a good NBA player, but Curry seems like a longshot to say the least. However, the Kings have been infatuated with Hield going all the way back to last year’s NBA Draft, and it seems as though that fixation never waned.