NBA news: Sacramento Kings looking to trade Buddy Hield

Mar 6, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) puts up a shot against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA news has pretty much slowed to a grind with the 2020-21 regular season set to tip off in about two weeks. There was a flurry of blockbuster trades and free-agent signings last month, an ode to the truncated offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, we’re starting to see NBA news pick up on this front with players reporting for practice. That now could include the Sacramento Kings trading one of their best-known players.

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NBA news: Sacramento Kings looking to trade Buddy Hield

According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Kings have engaged in trade talks with other teams about Buddy Hield. He specifically notes that the New York Knicks are not among those teams.

While there’s been a lot of NBA news over the past several weeks, things have surprisingly been quiet on the Hield front.

A former lottery pick of the New Orleans Pelicans in 2016, Hield was dealt to Sacramento in the blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins trade during the 2016-17 season. More recently, he’s been in a rift with embattled Kings head coach Luke Walton. Despite this, the 27-year-old Hield would still be of interest to teams as the NBA season gets going.

Over the course of the past two seasons, Hield is averaging 20.0 points on a stellar 41% shooting from three-point range. This comes after he entered the NBA seen as a lethal perimeter shooter.

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NBA news: How would a potential Buddy Hield trade look?

NBA news: Could the Kings trade Buddy Hield?
Oct 8, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) looks on during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

According to Begley, Sacramento is seeking draft-pick compensation in return. Playing under a four-year, $94 million extension he signed back in October of 2019, the Kings would obviously have to take on some contracts in return.

From a team perspective, Sacramento is loaded in the backcourt. That includes recently-extended star point guard De’Aaron Fox. The team also brought in draft-day steals in that of Tyrese Haliburton and Jahmi’us Ramsey. That’s not to mention wings Harrison Barnes and Glenn Robinson III.

If the Kings can get something nice for Hield, it makes sense for them to trade him. However, time is certainly running out on this front. Perhaps, a deal before the NBA trade deadline during the 2020-21 season could be in the cards.

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