That process included watching the Kings sign restricted free agent Zach LaVine — a player at his same position — to a $78 million offer sheet last July. The Chicago Bulls matched the offer, but if they hadn’t, Hield said he was ready to compete. “What did I think about it? It’s all about being competitive,” Hield said. “The league’s competitive. They bring somebody else in, you just turn it up another notch. That’s all being a competitor and part of the business. [If] you pay a guy that much money to come here? Facts. Just raise my game up higher and have more awareness that this is a business and make them second-guess themselves.” Hield said he spoke to Kings management and knew its plans ahead of time, but no one could blame him if he felt that was anything but a vote of confidence.