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Lina Washington: Kings guard Buddy Hield was pretty direct with his thoughts on current contract negotiations in Sacramento: if they don't want him here, he and his team will look elsewhere. Hield says it's not necessarily about landing a max contract, it's about feeling valued and wanted in Sac.
Sharpshooter Buddy Hield — the sixth pick in 2016 — and the Sacramento Kings appear to be operating under a more strenuous discourse. The 6-foot-4 guard, who scored a career-high 20.7 points per game last season while shooting 42.7 percent from beyond the arc, recently expressed a level of frustration with how negotiations are going. [...] The Kings have an offer for Hield on the table for four years and $90 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Hield and his agent, Brandon Rosenthal, are seeking a number closer to $110 million, sources said.
A league source told The Sacramento Bee there was no new movement in negotiations between Hield and the team Saturday. Hield has told The Bee he wants to remain in Sacramento and is eager to finalize a long-term agreement. “Everybody deals with their own, so it’s something I worry about, but obviously I want to continue to play with a guy like that,” Fox told James Ham of NBC Sports California. “For me, just hopefully they get it done.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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According to a source, Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team midseason and was told not to come to Boston because of the apparent dysfunction. At season’s end, multiple sources close to the players said several members of the locker room were welcoming a coaching change, noting Stevens did not appear to hold key players accountable, with complaints he was favoring Smart over others.
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Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.
While Walker’s struggles might have made him seem like a disappointment relative to his role and salary, he was still good last season. He is well-liked, known for his geniality and positivity. According to multiple team sources, there was some dysfunction in the locker room, with the relationship between Stevens and Walker characterized as tension-filled. Sources also suggest that Stevens was also perceived to be harder on Walker than on other top players.
Several team sources felt Stevens was more aggressive with certain players this season, which included Walker who was criticized for his defensive mistakes. Those sources said Walker and Stevens began to butt heads, though the pair were considered to have a productive working relationship and mutual respect for one another.
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L.A. let Marco Nunez go in April 2019 after three years at the helm after a season in which Lakers players lost 212 games because of injury. Before Nunez, Gary Vitti served in the role for more than 30 years. More changes are expected as the team is in the process of restructuring its approach to player health, sources told ESPN.
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