The Sacramento Kings and Buddy Hield just simply have not gotten on the same page since he signed a four-year, $106 million contract extension. He could be one of the talents in the NBA that gets traded in the offseason.
Kings head coach Luke Walton experimented with different lineup combinations throughout the season and that resulted in Hield coming off the bench in 18 games. That’s a bizarre choice for a sharpshooter who recently received a sizable extension.
It’s difficult to envision Hield being satisfied with his current standing with the Kings. He didn’t sound all that happy with the situation after Sacramento’s time in the NBA bubble came to an end.
“Y’all know me. Y’all know how I talk. Y’all know how I feel. Y’all can read me well, so I’ll let y’all answer that yourselves.”Jas Kang of SB Nation’s Sac Town Royalty
Despite the ups and downs that came with the Kings’ season, Hield still managed to produce. He appeared in 72 regular season games and averaged 19.2 points (42.9% FG, 39.4% 3P, 84.6% FT), 4.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
It’s clear that teams from around the league would have interest in Hield if the Kings opted to move on from him this offseason. That may be the best route for both sides to pursue when considering the circumstances.
With that being said, let’s take a look at five teams who should make a push for a Buddy Hield trade this offseason.