The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to explore several avenues for adding a playmaker to their backcourt, and Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield is one of the players they reportedly have an eye on.
The Lakers have discussed a potential trade with the Kings that would involve Hield and Kyle Kuzma, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Sacramento is one of several teams that have interest in Kuzma.
There has been talk of the Lakers having interest in Chris Paul, but Charania notes that they do not want to get hung up on an unrealistic pursuit of a star player. They don’t have nearly enough salary cap space to sign Paul, and the Phoenix Suns are not willing to work out a sign-and-trade with a Western Conference rival.
Hield is a solid scorer and facilitator who averaged 16.6 points per game this season. He’s also a career 40.6 percent 3-point shooter, so he could help spread things out for the Lakers.
If the Lakers do pull off a trade for a starting-caliber player, it seems like a given that Kuzma will be involved. The 6-foot-10 forward has not had a consistent role in L.A. since the Lakers acquired Anthony Davis. He recently indicated that he has been frustrated by that.
We know of at least two top free agents who may have interest in joining the Lakers, but a trade for a player like Hield could make a lot more sense for them.
Buddy Hield continues to laugh all the way to the bank.
The Sacramento Kings guard had an absolutely brutal game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. He went 1-for-11 from the field for just two points and missed all five of his three-point attempts.
Sacramento still managed to pull out the narrow victory though, and Kings forward Harrison Barnes saluted the team’s effort with a post on Instagram afterwards. When Hield replied with the “100” emoji, a fan called him out for being “so a–” during the game.
“Yup and dem checks still coming in,” Hield replied.
You can see a screenshot of Hield’s comment here.
The response from Hield is thoroughly hilarious but also probably not the best look. The 28-year-old is in the first year of a new four-year, $94 million contract from the Kings. But Hield has responded with his lowest scoring average (16.5 points per game) since 2017-18 and the lowest field goal percentage (40.6) of his entire career.
The former lottery pick has also had concerns about his work ethic recently. Comments like this in response to criticism about his play will only further the perception that Hield has flat-out stopped caring.
The Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets 124-122 in overtime on Wednesday night on a wild final play.
The Nuggets had the ball with 6.5 seconds left and inbounded to Nikola Jokic, who had the ball stolen from him. The Kings threw the ball ahead to Harrison Barnes, who went in for the winning dunk. Barnes missed the dunk, but luckily Buddy Hield was there for the tip-in at the buzzer.
What a play by Hield to bail out Barnes.
Hield went 5/11 on threes for 22 points and helped Sacramento get off to a nice 1-0 start with a road win over a top Western Conference team. And the Kings sure love to run off the floor after Hield wins games for them.
Buddy Hield sounds like he absolutely cannot wait to get out of Sacramento.
The Kings guard caused another stir this week by appearing to throw more shade at his team on Twitter. Swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic officially became a member of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday when the Kings declined to match his restricted free agent offer sheet.
Hield responded by “liking” a tweet joking that he was unhappy the Kings presumably still saw him as part of their core amid the Bogdanovic news.
While Bogdanovic’s departure does mean Hield should get an opportunity to start again, something he has vocally pined for, he appears to be totally done with the Kings. He recently “liked” some other tweets indicating a desire to leave Sacramento for a specific other team.
The 27-year-old is not on good terms with head coach Luke Walton either. Granted, Hield is still owed $94 million over the next four seasons and is becoming a fairly big headache for a sub-20-point-per-game scorer. But that won’t stop him from continued attempts to force his way out of Sactown.
Buddy Hield’s relationship with Luke Walton may be beyond saving.
Jason Jones of The Athletic reported on Friday that the Sacramento Kings guard has soured on his head coach. Specifically, Jones says Hield will not even answer Walton’s phone calls this offseason.
The relationship between the two was under a microscope during Walton’s first season in Sacramento. Walton demoted Hield to a sixth man role in the middle of the season, and Hield was outwardly displeased with the move.
The 27-year-old Hield has also been fueling trade rumors with his recent activities on social media.
If his relationship with Walton has gotten that toxic, it may only be a matter of time before Hield is shipped out of town.
Buddy Hield is acting like a man who really wants out of Sacramento.
The Kings guard fueled trade rumors this week on his Instagram. Recent reports, including from basketball writer Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, suggested that the Philadelphia 76ers had interest in acquiring Hield. Sam Amick of The Athletic also reported this week that Hield was unhappy with his current role as a sixth man in Sacramento.
Hield then proceeded to “like” a fan edit of him in a Sixers jersey. He also replied to a user’s comment of “Trust the Process” by writing “big facts.”
The 27-year-old Hield signed a four-year, $94 million extension with the Kings that will kick in beginning next season. Thus, it could be difficult for the Sixers to swing a trade for him unless Sacramento is willing to absorb the contract of Al Horford in exchange.
We do know that Hield, who was moved to the bench in the middle of the season, made no real secret of his discontent with his role. He might not start for the Sixers over the more well-rounded Josh Richardson. But it seems like Hield may just need a change of scenery at this point.
Buddy Hield does not seem pleased with the status quo for Sacramento.
Speaking with the media Thursday after the team’s final seeding game, the Kings swingman was asked if he was content with his role moving forward. Rather than saying yes, Hield instead said, “Y’all know me, y’all know how I talk, y’all know how I feel about this stuff, y’all can read me well, so I’ll let y’all answer that for yourselves.”
The 27-year-old Hield was demoted to the second unit by the Kings in the middle of the season and continued to come off the bench in bubble play. He wraps up the 2019-20 campaign with averages of 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, marking a slight regression from last season.
Questions also recently arose over Hield’s conditioning, and his happiness is a problem that the Kings will have to address since Hield’s four-year, $94 million extension with the team kicks in beginning next season.
The Sacramento Kings have laid an egg in the Orlando bubble thus far, and now one of their top players appears to be having conditioning concerns.
Tim Bontemps of ESPN reported on Wednesday that several league insiders have commented that Kings guard Buddy Hield appears to be out of shape.
The Kings are still winless in the seeding games (0-3) and even have former players mocking them over their struggles. Hield, meanwhile, is averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game in bubble play while shooting a rough 32.6 percent from the field.
The 27-year-old guard was moved to the bench by the Kings in the middle of the season and has faced questions over his relationship with Luke Walton. Hield recently agreed to a four-year, $94 million extension with Sacramento that kicks in starting next season, but the early returns on that investment do not seem all that encouraging for now.
It’s no secret that Luke Walton and Buddy Hield have not always seen eye-to-eye this season, but the former thinks that their relationship is just fine.
In an interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic that ran on Tuesday, the Sacramento Kings coach spoke on his dynamic with the star shooting guard.
“Buddy and I have a very good relationship, and I’ve always been honest with Buddy and he’s always been honest with me in the way that we communicate with each other,” said Walton. “Buddy is an outspoken person, but again, I support that. I don’t always agree with what he’s saying, but I support the fact that he speaks his mind and that’s the personality he is, but it also makes him such a great, unique player.
“[That’s] what allows him to have the success he’s had is because he believes in himself like that,” Walton added about Hield. “I’m totally behind that, and support that, and will continue to work on our relationship on and off the court. But yeah, we get along. We get along just fine.”
Walton, who is in his first year coaching the Kings, moved Hield to the bench in late January and has kept him in that second unit role ever since. The 27-year-old was unhappy about the move but has responded by averaging 19.4 points per game on a smoldering 47.6 percent from deep as a sixth man.
While Hield has also drawn the ire of Sacramento’s own fans this season, he appears to have gotten over any feelings of resentment to come to accept both his new role and his new head coach.
The Sacramento Kings are making a change to their starting lineup as they look to shake things up amid a losing streak.
Losers of six straight, the Kings will start Bogdan Bogdanovic in Friday night’s game in Chicago. Buddy Hield will come off the bench.
What’s interesting to note is that The Athletic’s Jason Jones reports former Kings coach Dave Joerger believed that Hield should be a sixth man rather than a starter.
It’s unclear who was behind the move of Hield to a sixth man off the bench, but the team now is at least willing to try out what Joerger believed was the wisest move for the team.
Hield is the Kings’ leading scorer at 20.0 points per game. He’s only making 41.6 percent of his shots this season and shooting 36 percent on threes.