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.”
Hield is entering the final season of the four-year, $15.9-million rookie contract he signed after the New Orleans Pelicans selected him with the sixth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He has flourished since coming to the Kings, who acquired him in the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans in February 2017.