A rumor emerged about the Kings trading Buddy Hield to the 76ers. It didn’t seem particularly credible. But then Hield himself liked this Instagram post promoting a potential trade and apparently made a pro-Philadelphia comment on Instagram.
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So when the Kings’ season ended Thursday, and Hield was asked if he’s comfortable with his role off the bench in Sacramento heading into next season, his answer raised some eyebrows. Including, I’d imagine, some in Philadelphia. Here’s what Hield had to say: [Hield] provided a series of short answers during a Zoom session with reporters and offered a cryptic response when asked if he could be content with his role going into next season. “Y’all know me,” Hield said. “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.”
There was a story today that said if you continue to be unhappy with your role you might request a trade at some point. Do you want to address that? “It’s all about winning,” Hield said. “It doesn’t matter what’s going on. I can’t control nothing. It’s all about winning and we have 28 games left, so try to finish the season out strong and try to maximize as much as I can and (win) basketball games.”
Are you unhappy with the role you’re in? “I’m playing basketball,” Hield said. “That’s what I love doing. I’m here. I’m blessed. I can’t complain. There’s only 450 guys in the world who play in this league. It’s the best league in the world. Everybody in Europe’s trying to get here. Everybody in college is trying to get here. I’m happy. I’m great. I’m blessed. I’m humbled to be here.”
But Hield’s situation remains one Divac has to monitor. If Hield remains displeased with his role, a source with knowledge of his thinking said he might request a trade. He believes he is a starter in the NBA and there’s no guarantee he’ll get that job back, given how the team has played lately. And unlike last season, when he never criticized Joerger publicly and even refrained from doing so after their well-chronicled January 2019 run-in at Golden State, Hield has shown a willingness to criticize Walton that has proved at times problematic.
Hield is known to have no issues with Bogdanovic, who is one of his best friends on the team. But it appears his possible desire to leave would be rooted in his frustration with Walton.
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.”
The Sacramento Kings acquired guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first and second-round draft selections from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for forward/center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi, it was announced today by Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.
“We’re thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family,” stated Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. “This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis for their continued support and providing the resources for us to be successful. I’d also like to thank Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield for their professionalism and hard work on the court and in the community during their tenure in New Orleans.”
Baxter Holmes: Source familiar w/ Kings’ thinking: “Vivek thinks Buddy [Hield] has Steph Curry potential.” Am told that fixation was a key driver in deal.
Ramona Shelburne: Deal for Okafor was very close, per source. But Philly and NOLA could never agree on protections for the picks included.
The Pelicans are sending guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, and 2017 first- and second-round picks to the Kings as part of the deal, league sources said, with forward Omri Casspi going to the Kings.
Marc Stein: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a future first- and second-round to Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins, league sources say
New Orleans has discussed parameters of a Cousins deal, and executives with other teams told The Vertical that Kings management has privately encouraged them to offer up trade proposals for Cousins despite the public proclamation that he wasn’t available Talks with New Orleans have included the Pelicans sending multiple first-round picks, pick swaps, rookie guard Buddy Hield and expiring contracts to the Kings, league sources said.
According to sources, the Kings attempted to move up in the 2016 NBA Draft to select shooting guard Buddy Hield, and point guard Jrue Holiday has admirers in the organization. The Pelicans also own all of their first-round draft picks moving forward.
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September 25, 2020 | 1:32 pm EDT Update
“I think it’s fair to say there’s mutual interest for sure,” general manager Koby Altman said about the possibility of re-signing Thompson. “He’s been with this franchise his entire career since we drafted him. He’s won a championship here. Obviously, he means a lot to the players on the team right now, but it has to make sense. There are some events coming up — the draft, free agency — where we have to see if it makes sense for him. He’s earned the right to be an unrestricted free agent and explore opportunities at this point in his career. So, we’ll see.”
Members of the organization and Thompson, an unrestricted free agent, have stayed in contact throughout the offseason. One source classified a reunion as “50-50,” especially with the leaguewide salary cap uncertainty. Beyond that, the Cavs aren’t going to discuss negotiations publicly.
First is the team’s salary cap situation. When asked about that Friday morning, Altman couldn’t provide any clarity. Drummond’s $28.7 million player option determines how much space the Cavs will have this offseason. Altman admitted he “doesn’t know” what Drummond will decide. Even though Drummond isn’t with the team this week and won’t be joining them at all for this bubble, he’s stayed engaged. Drummond and head coach J.B. Bickerstaff have been in contact. Drummond has been part of team Zoom calls.
Want to own the Rosebud Motel? Get your finances in order soon or find yourself up Schitt’s Creek. With the cast, crew and production team of “Schitt’s Creek” dominating the Emmy Awards earlier this week, we’ve spoken with the owner of the infamous Rosebud Motel in Hockley Valley and learned some interesting info about the property. Did you know multiple NBA players have lived there?
Currently serving as the president of the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy and Orangeville Prep, Tipping purchased the motel in 2011 to house recruits for what’s become the most successful prep school basketball program in Canada. Former Orangeville Prep alum and budding NBA superstar Jamal Murray, of the Denver Nuggets, lived there for two years — so did Miami Heat training camp invitee Kyle Alexander.
Breen is the guy who yells “Bang!” after big shots. See? You know who he is, right? “It actually started when I was in college,” Breen said on The Zach Gelb Show, explaining the origins of the call. “I went to Fordham University in the Bronx, and I worked at the college radio station, WFUV, and we used to do the Fordham men’s and women’s basketball games. And the games that we didn’t do, we would go as student fans. I would travel all around the tristate area watching my school’s team. I was a big Fordham Rams basketball fan. When I wasn’t calling the games for the station, I was there in the stands, and I started doing it in the stands. A Fordham player would hit a big shot, and I would yell, ‘Bang!’ as a fan in the stands.”
“I tried it on the air, and ironically when I first started doing it, I didn’t particularly like it,” he said. “I didn’t know if it worked because it was on radio. But then years later I tried it again, and the reason I started to like it was because it was a very quick, concise way to call a big shot in a big moment where you don’t have to use your voice to override the crowd. You give the ‘Bang’ call and you get out of the way and you let the crowd come in and kind of take it away from there. Ironically, that doesn’t apply right now [in the bubble], but that’s how it got started.”
September 25, 2020 | 1:23 pm EDT Update
Not a fan of negative feedback, LaVar has seized any opportunity to shoot back, questioning Kerr’s credentials and lobbying for the Warriors to not draft LaMelo. This is the third in a series of stories looking at players the Warriors might select with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. League sources told The Chronicle that LaVar will likely get his wish. With less than two months until the draft, the Warriors are believed to be higher on Iowa State point guard Tyrese Haliburton — and perhaps, even French point guard Killian Hayes — than they are on Ball. There are far better odds of Golden State trading back in the draft to a team that covets Ball than of it drafting him for itself.
“I’d be shocked if the Warriors took LaMelo,” said a Western Conference scout, who spoke under the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk about the draft publicly. “It just doesn’t really make sense on multiple levels. What makes LaMelo great is his court vision and passing, but he’d have a tough time maximizing those in the Bay Area.”