Kings notes: Buddy Hield has been on fire during five-game winning streak

Kings notes: Buddy Hield has been on fire during five-game winning streak

Who are these Kings?

Sacramento extended its win streak to five games Thursday night at Philips Arena, running over the Atlanta Hawks in a 146-115 schelacking. De’Aaron Fox was the star, but plenty of Kings stepped to the plate in the victory.

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak in Atlanta, dating all the way to the Rick Adelman era of Kings basketball. 

Here are seven notes as the Kings move to 6-3 on the season.

Breakout game for Fox

You could see it building for the last two weeks. Fox was ready to break out and have one of those career-altering games. 

In Atlanta, Fox took it all to a new level, setting new career highs in points, assists and rebounds, finishing with 31 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double.

On the defensive end, Fox locked down Hawks rookie Trae Young, helping to contribute to the first-round draft pick's eight turnovers on the evening. 

Buddy is on fire

Buddy Hield scored 20 or more for the fifth consecutive game to help lift the Kings to victory. The confidence level is growing with the third-year shooting guard. Against Atlanta, Hield dropped in 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting with six assists and five rebounds. 

Bjelica scores but struggles on the defensive end

So far this season, Nemanja Bjelica has been a huge surprise for Sacramento. The 30-year-old forward scored 19 points and dished out three assists in the win, but he was a target on the defensive end.

The Hawks worked to get him in switches all night, and when they had him isolated, they attacked him going to the rim. He needs more help in those situations.

Sneaky game for the rookie

With Fox, Hield and Bjelica putting up big numbers, Marvin Bagley’s night was easy to overlook. The 19-year-old dropped in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added five rebounds in 24 minutes of action. He ran the floor and was active in the paint for another solid game off the bench for coach Dave Joerger.

Quiet night for Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein has been really good for Sacramento this season. Against the Hawks, he posted a modest 12 points, six rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes. If this is a bad night for the Kings’ starting center, Joerger and his staff will take it. 

Stat of the night

The Kings handed out an incredible 38 assists as a team, including 22 in the first half. There was very little defense played by either teams, but the assist numbers were off the charts.

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.