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Buddy Hield Trade Rumors: Kings SG Is 'Going to Be Gone,' Says NBA Exec

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVOctober 24, 2021

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Buddy Hield is signed with the Sacramento Kings through 2023-24, but he might be on the move much sooner.

"Buddy's going to be gone," one NBA executive told Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. "They already traded him and had a done deal."

The Kings nearly traded Hield to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope before the Lakers sent a similar package to the Washington Wizards for Russell Westbrook, per Bill Oram, Shams Charania, and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

"The decision left Sacramento management steaming," The Athletic reported.

Even Kuzma thought the deal was "done," as he told fubo Sports

If Sacramento were willing to trade him once, the team likely wouldn't hold back on another deal this offseason.

Hield is owed about $23 million this season and more than $40 million over the next two years, which could create an urgency to make a deal. The Kings have also spent high draft picks on Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell the past two years to play alongside De'Aaron Fox in the backcourt.

There could still be high demand around the league for Hield, who is averaging 20.5 points through two games this season while shooting 45.5 percent from three-point range. The 28-year-old has been one of the top shooters in the NBA during his time in the league, hitting 40.6 percent from the perimeter overall with at least a 39 percent mark each year.

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Hield finished second in made three-pointers in each of the past two years.

This production could make him a hot commodity as the season progresses. 

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