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Buddy Hield breaks Kings' franchise record for 3-pointers in a season

Buddy Hield breaks Kings' franchise record for 3-pointers in a season

SACRAMENTO -- Buddy Hield has been a revelation for the Sacramento Kings this season. From the moment he arrived for training camp, the third-year guard looked ready to take a leap.

Hield came into Saturday evening needing just two 3-pointers to tie Peja Stojakovic’s franchise record of 240 makes in a season. 

It took less than five seconds for Hield to hit his first triple of the game, to draw within one of the record.

Hield tied Stojakovic’s mark midway through the second quarter and then broke it moments later. 

The 26-year-old guard has a shot at an NBA record this season as well. Counting the three on Saturday, Hield needs just 35 more to surpass All-Star Damian Lillard’s mark of 599 makes through the first three seasons of his career.  

Hield is a strong candidate for the NBA’s Most Improved Player this year. He’s averaging 20.8 points on 46.1 percent from the floor and 43 percent from behind the arc on the season. In addition, he’s posted 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.1 minutes per game for Sacramento.
 

Buddy Hield extension with Kings a win-win for everyone involved

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Buddy Hield extension with Kings a win-win for everyone involved

SACRAMENTO -- If you are looking for winners, you have come to the right place. The Sacramento Kings and shooting guard Buddy Hield reached an agreement on a four-year, $86 million contract extension on Monday.

In an NBA rarity, the early takeaway is that the deal is a win-win for everyone involved.

After a breakout season, Hield gets paid handsomely for ascending to elite shooter status. He also has an additional $20 million in motivational incentives over the next four seasons.

Some of those items are obtainable and some aren’t. Either way, Hield has plenty of reasons to back up his strong play, as well as focus on team goals.

The structure of the contract also allows Hield and his management team to claim victory. While he was looking for something in the neighborhood of $110 million, Hield can come close to that number if everything goes perfect.

According to a league source, a few of the items built into the contract that are very attainable. There are others that are almost impossible for the 26-year-old to reach. On the low-end, he’s still looking at between $86-94 million over the length of the deal.

The contract puts the onus on Hield to not only perform personally, but to achieve team goals like playoffs and even the NBA Finals.

Sacramento keeps the first of their young core players in the fold. They also structured the deal in the same way they handled Harrison Barnes’ extension over the summer. Hield will start with a base salary of $24 million, which will then decline by eight percent in the following three seasons.

Declining value contracts have become an earmark of the Kings’ cap conscious build. The players get plenty of upfront money, but eventually, both Hield and Barnes will represent a smaller percentage of the projected cap when money becomes tight and the team has to pay out for young stars like De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley.  

Like Barnes’ deal, Hield’s cap figure will drop below $19 million a year in the final year and represent just 13.5 percent of the team’s total projected salary cap.

Instead of allowing Hield’s contract to become a potential landmine during the season and bleed into next summer, the team is now moving into opening night with a clean slate and a very happy leading scorer.

Source: Buddy Hield, Kings agree to four-year, $86M contract extension

Source: Buddy Hield, Kings agree to four-year, $86M contract extension

SACRAMENTO -- Vlade Divac just bet on his young core.

NBC Sports California has confirmed through an NBA source that the Kings and shooting guard Buddy Hield agreed to a new four-year, $86 million contract extension Monday, just hours before the NBA deadline for rookie extensions. Hield can earn an extra $20 million through incentives.

The Athletic's Sam Amick first reported the news.

According to a league source, the four-year deal has a starting salary of $24 million for the 2020-21 season, but declines by eight percent per year. He'll make $22 million in Year 2, $20.3 million in Year 3 and $18.7 million in the final year, which accounts for just 13.5 percent of the projected salary cap.

In addition to the guraunteed money, Hield has up to $20 million in incentives over the course of the deal that are tied to both players and team objectives, including All-Star and playoff appearances.

While the negotiations spilled out into the press over the last week, the two sides still were able to sit down at the table and come to an agreement in time for the start of the 2019-20 regular season.

Hield is the first of four core pieces to come up for an extension for the Kings over the next 24 months, but his shooting ability helps open the spacing on the floor for the team’s up-tempo offense.

Hield took a huge step forward in his third NBA season, leading the Kings in scoring at 20.7 points per game while making a franchise-record 278 3-point attempts.

Hield will play out the final season of his rookie-scale contract this season. He’ll make $4.9 million during 2019-20, before seeing a massive spike in his salary during the 2020-21 campaign.

With Hield locked up, the Kings can shift their focus to the upcoming season where the franchise is attempting to snap a 13-year playoff drought.

The Kings have a standing extension offer for third-year shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic as well, but he has until June 30 to make a decision on whether to sign the deal or head into free agency next summer.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox also is eligible for an extension in the summer of 2020. The 21-year-old slasher likely is looking at a five-year designated player max extension. Second-year big man Marvin Bagley is eligible for a similar extension during the 2021 summer.

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