As for Hield’s deal with the Sacramento Kings? It starts at $86 million over four years but has incentives that could push it as high as $106 million, per Sam Amick of The Athletic. “Too much,” said the former executive. “The Kings overpaid Harrison Barnes [in free agency], inflating what Buddy was asking for,” the agent said.
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If LaVine was worthy of that deal, someone who has been trying to rebuild the Kings was worthy of a lucrative deal, too. Hield wanted his loyalty rewarded and to know the Kings saw him as a key part of their future. A source with knowledge of Hield’s thinking said there were other cursory factors as well. For one, the unexpected China factor — how much money will they lose in the wake of Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting the protestors in Hong Kong? — is looming large for everyone in the NBA at the moment.
Year 1 reachable incentives: Play at least 70 games AND shoot 85 percent from the free-throw line ($500,000); average fewer than two turnovers per game ($500,000); lead the league in made 3-pointers ($500,000); post a defensive rating below 110.5 ($500,000).
Year 1 harder-to-reach incentives: Be named an All-Star ($500,000); help the Kings make the playoffs ($500,000); help the Kings make it to the second round of the playoffs (additional $250,000); help the Kings make it to the Western Conference Finals (additional $500,000); help the Kings make the NBA Finals (additional $1 million).
The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Buddy Hield to a multi-year contract extension, according to General Manager Vlade Divac.
“Buddy has made tremendous growth each season since joining the team and we are thrilled that he will remain a King as we continue to build an exciting future here in Sacramento,” said Divac. “He has quickly established himself as an elite shooter in the league and is an important part of our young, dynamic core.”
Leo Beas: All smiles between @Buddy Hield and @Vlade Divac pic.twitter.com/PlhYgh0IFt
Sean Cunningham: According to league source, Buddy Hield’s new contract with Kings declines 8% per year, which begins at $24 million the first season. As @James Ham reports, 4th year – his salary projects at just 13.5% of the cap. Incentives: All-Star team, statistical achievement, etc.
Sam Amick: Source tells @TheAthletic the Kings have agreed to terms on a four-year extension with Buddy Hield worth $86 million in guaranteed money and with $20 million in possible incentives. Big win for both sides to avoid a split here. sides.theathletic.com/1301055/2019/1…
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield has agreed to a four-year, $94M contract extension with bonuses that could reach $106M, league sources tell ESPN.
Sam Amick: More details, per source: The incentives in Buddy Hield’s Kings extension are team and player based, including things like All-Star appearances and Finals appearances. His salary declines 8% year over year, and is slated to take up just 13.5% of the cap in the fourth year.
Sean Cunningham: League sources confirm to me the Kings have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Buddy Hield on a 4-year deal worth $86 million guaranteed. Contract could go as high as $106 million in incentives – which Buddy Hield would surely bet on himself in reaching.
Another important factor to consider is the weakness of the 2020 free-agent class. As of now, Hield is ranked as our ninth-best free agent next summer, but with another strong season, he could easily work his way into the Top 5. One Eastern Conference exec actually believes it’d be beneficial for Hield to avoid an extension all together and wait for restricted free agency: “There’s a big incentive for a lot of these guys like Buddy Hield to wait because the 2020 free-agent class is weak, so they could possibly play their way into a max or near-max contract.”
James Ham: Buddy and Vlade seem to be alright, despite the contract squabble. pic.twitter.com/iAz63Smq7T
Kings guard Buddy Hield, meanwhile, has drawn his line in the sand. Hield has seen guards such as Denver’s Jamal Murray, Washington’s Bradley Beal and Portland’s CJ McCollum sign max or near-max extensions. He believes he is worth the same and is willing to seek a change of scenery if the sides are not able to reach agreement next week.
Jason Jones: FWIW: Spoke to a league source that believes the Kings and Hield will get a deal done. Cites Vivek Ranadive’s affection for Hield and sees the $90 million offer as a starting point to get closer to what Hield wants.
Kings third-year guard Buddy Hield said he felt insulted by Sacramento’s extension offer and hinted at a trade demand last night. Kangz in mid-season form already? 🤔 The fact that he has so far reportedly passed on a $90 million offer is quite interesting. When we asked a GM earlier this month about the Hield situation, he told us this: “I don’t know what that deal would look like; maybe something like a four-year deal worth between $70 million and $80 million. Even a deal like Gary Harris got in 2017 (four years, $84 million) may make sense for both sides.”
Jason Anderson: Kings guard Buddy Hield tells me the team’s $90-million offer was an “insult” and hints he might be ready to demand a trade if he doesn’t get a better offer before Monday’s deadline. sacbee.com/sports/article…
James Ham: “The goal is to be here. I love Sacramento, but if they don’t want me here, if they don’t feel like I’m part of the core… I like respect and loyalty and I feel like I’m part of the group that’s getting the team back to where it needs to be.” -Buddy Hield
Hield isn’t demanding a max deal, but he wants the Kings to show him some respect. “It’s not just about less than the max, it’s something that is reasonable, where it’s not an insult,” Hield said. “Where we respect each on a level and come to an agreement, that’s the biggest thing between me and my team, to come to an agreement.”
“My job is to go out there and hoop and play for the max,” Hield said. “If every player is not playing for the max, I don’t know why you’re in the NBA. And some people will get the max, some people won’t, that’s how it works. But my job is to go out there and kill every night so I can be that max player. And I feel like, especially a market like this, Sacramento, you guys have been covering basketball all your life. Name one big free agent that came to Sacramento.”
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.
With the 2020 free-agent class expected to be weak in terms of star power, sources said Hield is prepared to bet on himself and play out the season to test the market as a restricted free agent next summer if Monday’s deadline passes without a deal in place.
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.”
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.”
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