Kings notes: Bogdan Bogdanovic comes out on fire, but needs time to adjust

Kings notes: Bogdan Bogdanovic comes out on fire, but needs time to adjust

SACRAMENTO -- The road is an unfriendly place, but home is no picnic either. After surviving a four-game trip with a 3-1 record, the Kings faced the Toronto Raptors Wednesday evening in the first of four games against top tier opponents at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings gave the Raptors a fight, but in the end, the team with the Eastern Conference best record came away with a 114-105 victory. 

Here are six notes as the Kings drop fell to 6-5 on the season.

Better in person

The Toronto Raptors don’t look that tough on paper, but with the win over Sacramento, they are now 11-1 on the season. Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry are the stars, but coach Nick Nurse receives contributions from every player he throws on the court. 

Against the Kings, Pascal Siakam had a big night, scoring 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Serge Ibaka picked up the start and added 14 points and 14 rebounds. Center Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench to chip in a double-double and OG Anunoby finished with a team-high +13 in the plus/minus category.

Consistently good

Coming into the season, Buddy Hield was considered a sixth man for the Kings, but that is all but an afterthought now. Coach Dave Joerger is having a difficult time giving Hield a break during a 48-minute game. Transitioning him out of the starting lineup seems completely out of the question at this point. 

The third-year bomber dropped in 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting, giving him 19 or more points for the seventh straight game and pushing his season scoring average to 20.1 points per game. 

Battle at the point

Every night is a challenge when you play the point guard position at the NBA level. One night De’Aaron Fox is matched up against a speedster like Eric Bledsoe. A few nights later he meets a bowling ball like Kyle Lowry.

Fox continues to hold his own, regardless of the opponent. On Wednesday, he managed score 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 2-for-4 from long range. Fox also dished out four assists, but he turned the ball over a team-high five times.  

Flying high

Willie Cauley-Stein continues to impress with his offensive game. In the midst of a contract year, the fourth-year center torched the Raptors for 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and chipped in eight rebounds and four assists. Through the first 11 games, he’s had one subpar game, which corresponded with him having to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

The return of Bogi

After missing the first 10 games of the season with a knee injury, Bogdan Bogdanovic returned to action for Sacramento. The second-year wing played a little over 18 minutes, finishing with seven points on 3-of-7 shooting. He came out firing, scoring five points in his first three minutes of action, but he’ll need time to adjust to the Kings new system and uptempo style.

Troy Williams continues to impress

Joerger went away from Williams in the first half, using Justin Jackson as his small forward off the bench. When he gave his two-way forward a look after the intermission, Williams sparked the team with his defensive intensity and aggressive style. 

It’s a small sample size, but Williams is doing everything in his power to earn a full-time job in Sacramento. He posted a modest six points, two assist, three rebound line in 14 minutes of action, but he ran a team-best plus-four in the plus/minus stat.

NBA rumors: Buddy Hield, Kings $20M apart in contract extension talks


NBA rumors: Buddy Hield, Kings $20M apart in contract extension talks

The Kings and shooting guard Buddy Hield reportedly aren't seeing eye-to-eye right now.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Wednesday that Hield and the Kings are $20 million apart in talks of a contract extension. According to Haynes, the Kings have made a substantial four-year, $90 million contract extension offer to Hield. But Sacramento’s sharpshooter reportedly is looking for something closer to a four-year, $110 million extension from the team.

The reported divide between the two sides is large, although not insurmountable. If the figures are correct, Sacramento basically is offering $5 million per year less than what Hield is asking for. There might be room for some common ground in between these two figures.

The two sides have until Oct. 21 to come to an agreement on an extension. If they don’t, Hield will enter next summer as a restricted free agent, if the team extends a $6.5 million qualifying offer.

Once the qualifying offer is extended, the Kings would have the right to match any offer for the 26-year-old guard.

In his third NBA season, Hield led the Kings in scoring at 20.7 points per game. He also established a new NBA record for most 3-pointers through three seasons, hitting a team-record 278 triples last season to push his career total to 602.

Hield is the first of four members of the team's young core to come up for extension over the next 24 months. Bogdan Bogdanovic is eligible for a four-year, $51.7 million extension, but he has until June 30 to either accept the deal or head into the summer as a restricted free agent.

De’Aaron Fox also becomes eligible for an extension next summer, and the Kings face the same fate with Marvin Bagley in the summer of 2021.

Fox was clear last week that he would love to see the Kings keep Hield and the rest of the team's young players together. Hield also has made it known he would like to stay in Sacramento.

Kings general manager Vlade Divac and his staff have done a quality job of keeping salary cap flexibility over the last few seasons with an eye on this moment. The only contract they have that is guaranteed beyond 2021 is forward Harrison Barnes, who the team inked to a new four-year, $85 million declining value deal in July.

Hield and the Kings have five days to work something out. If not, they have to table the discussion until after the season.

Kings offer Bogdan Bogdanovic four-year, $51.4M max contract extension


Kings offer Bogdan Bogdanovic four-year, $51.4M max contract extension

The Kings have a big decision to make when it comes to Bogdan Bogdanovic. Now, he has a big decision to make, too. 

Bogdanovic told The Sacramento Bee's Jason Anderson that the Kings offered him a four-year, $51.4 max contract extension. It sounds like the 27-year-old is in no hurry to put pen to paper, though. 

“I would like to stay,” Bogdanovic said to the Bee. “Everyone knows that I love Sacramento. Everyone loves to be here. It’s a great group of guys. I’m happy right now and I was happy all these years, but I don’t want to rush anything.”

Bogdanovic knows he could receive more lucrative offers from the Kings -- as well as other teams -- as a restricted free agent next summer.

The combo guard/small forward is seen as a key part of the Kings' hopes to end their playoff drought. He averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last season, his second in the NBA. 

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After a solid sophomore season in Sacramento, Bogdanovic is coming off a big-time showing for Serbia in the FIBA World Cup. He averaged 22.9 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 28 minutes per game for his native country. 

The Kings certainly hope he can bring the same stardom to Sacramento. If that's the case, he likely is in line for a hefty payday.