That brings us back to Hield. Is he a star like Simmons? No, he’s closer to Murray. The Nuggets, who finished the 2018-19 regular season as the No. 2 Western Conference playoff seed, saw fit to give a max deal to Murray and keep him playing with an All-Star in Nikola Jokic. “I think everyone knows we love Buddy,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “That’s him and the front office dealing with that.”
Hield told the Sacramento Bee that “I know what I’m worth” in contract talks. He’s an elite 3-point shooter, a necessity in today’s NBA. A league source said Hield is willing to accept less than the max he’s eligible for but doesn’t want an offer that would be an “insult.”
Jason Anderson: Kings guard Buddy Hield opened up about his contract talks with the team tonight, telling me: "I want to make Sacramento my home. I’m ready to get this s--- done. I want to be here and if it doesn’t happen, then things can go the other way.”
The Kings believe Buddy Hield is an important part of their future and they want him to stay in Sacramento for years to come. Kings general manager Vlade Divac told The Sacramento Bee his front office is focused on re-signing Hield as the start of training camp approaches later this month. The organization has about six weeks to sign the 26-year-old sharpshooter to a rookie-scale contract extension or Hield will likely become a restricted free agent next summer.
Divac wouldn’t reveal much regarding negotiations with Hield, one of the premier 3-point shooters in the NBA, but he indicated the two sides are talking when asked if they are working toward an agreement. “We are … every day is working and Buddy’s a big part of this team, and we’ll figure something out down the road,” Divac said. “We’re working on it and we’ll figure out something. Buddy is (a) very important piece to this franchise.”
December 8, 2021 | 4:45 pm EST Update
Ros Gold-Onwude: At Trailblazers shootaround today Damian Lillard strongly addressed the rumors and noise: “I’m not asking for a trade.” “My intentions are to be in Portland and to figure it out.” He added he’s in the office w/ Chauncey everyday trying to find solutions, not planning an exit.
Nonetheless, Vogel added he does not harbor any concerns about his job security and that he feels the front office supports him. Buss also noted that Vogel attended a Lakers’ season-ticket holder event on Monday night that also included Buss, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in attendance. “We’re as connected as any organization can be,” Buss said. “I really don’t know what you’re looking for me to say. I would say until we’re 100 percent healthy, I won’t make any judgments about anything.”
“We’re focused on the job,” Vogel said. “We stay in the moment, focus on the task at hand and try to win the next game and try to get some momentum around our season.” Therefore, Vogel downplayed whether he feels the criticism is unfair or justified. “It’s not up to me,” Vogel said. “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. Really just focused on the job.”
One of sports TV’s power couples has broken up — ex-NBA player Jalen Rose filed for divorce from ESPN host Molly Qerim, TMZ Sports has learned. Court records show Rose filed docs earlier this year … kickstarting the process to end their 2 and a half year marriage. Sources tell us the breakup was amicable and both sides remain cordial.
Mark Cuban: So I was curious to compare 3PT shooting this yr vs last. https://basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2021_totals.html For the top 20 3PAs, last yr for the season, 38.6%, this yr 35%. Crazy thing, this yr 11 of the 20 are < 35%, last yr only 2 were. And only ONE is above 40% this yr vs 4 last yr. Even crazier, if you go to the top 50 in 3PA, last year only ONE player shot under 34%, this year 17 players are shooting under 34%. It's not how the game is being called. I think we are still adjusting to the new ball. Jim Bowling: Isn’t it literally the same leather with a different logo stamped on it? Mark Cuban: No. The seams are completely different. How it breaks in is different and more. Each manufacturer takes their own approach.
December 8, 2021 | 2:36 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward Stanley Johnson out of NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers via hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Johnson went to training camp with the Bulls.