Over this recent stretch, a glimmer of hope was brewing in Sacramento with the emergence of Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox. Then, the Kings drafted Marvin Bagley Jr. 2nd overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Sacramento seemingly created an exciting young core for many years ahead.
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But, a flurry of injuries to Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox has stalled growth in the franchise. Recently, frustrations are beginning to boil over. Since being demoted to the bench, it does not seem like Buddy Hield is enjoying his time in Sacramento right now.
While speaking to the media, Hield gave clear indication of dissatisfaction with his role in the rotation.
Buddy Hield seemed to be sending a message, with short replies to media, speaking for the 1st time today since games began in Orlando.
When asked about being content with his role on the Kings, he said "you guys know me…you know how I feel, y'all can read me well." pic.twitter.com/XbtrtSZEfR
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) August 13, 2020
Amid massive struggles in the franchise, Hield begins his 4-year $94M contract extension next season. This issue could not come at a worse time. Many critics have singled out head coach Luke Walton as the biggest issue for the franchise. Hield is averaging 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game during the regular season. A contending team with cap space could see Hield’s contract as undervalued considering his offensive production.
It is still unclear how bad things truly are with Hield and the Kings. But, As we have seen in the past — these situations can escalate to a trade request very fast.
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