Hield Hopeful of Reaching Max Extension with Kings Before Deadline
Buddy Hield has made things abundantly clear.
The 26 year old is coming off a career season in which he averaged 20.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and shot the ball at a 42.7-percent clip from behind the three point line. He’s taken care of his end of the bargain and now, he expects the Sacramento Kings to fulfill their side of the deal.
Motivated to remain in Sacramento long-term, Hield is hopeful that the Kings offer him a maximum extension prior to the October 21 deadline. If Hield does not get extended prior to the start of the regular season, he will be eligible to become a restricted free agent next Summer.
“We need to get that done,” Hield told The Bee. “I want to get that done, for sure. If it doesn’t get done, things could go the other way. This is where I want to be, so it would be good for me to be here in Sacramento. If I’m their guy, I think they should make it happen already. I want to build a future here. I want to be here, but we have to see something. Something’s gotta come to the table. We have a week and a half to see what that brings, but I want to be here.”
Hield would be able to make up to $130.7 million over four years if he is to reach free agency and signs with an opposing team. The Kings, who own his Bird rights, can offer a fifth year and a total of $170 million.
The former Oklahoma Sooner has experienced performance improvements in each of his three NBA seasons.