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NBA rumors: Kings' Buddy Hield doesn't want 'insult' contract offer


NBA rumors: Kings' Buddy Hield doesn't want 'insult' contract offer

The Kings and Buddy Hield have fewer than two weeks to agree to a contract extension, and the 3-point marksman reportedly has set his price.

Hield would accept an offer worth less than the maximum contract he's eligible to receive so long as it's not an "insult," a league source told The Athletic's Jason Jones on Saturday. If the Kings and Hield don't reach a deal, the 26-year-old could become a restricted free agent, giving Sacramento the chance to match any offer Hield signs with another team.

This week, Hield told The Sacramento Bee that he and the Kings "need to get [an extension] done" and that he wants to be in Sacramento long-term. Hield, who led the Kings with 20.7 points per game and knocked down 42.7 percent of his 3-point shots last season, also told The Bee that "I know what I'm worth."

The Kings have to walk a tightrope with a potential Hield extension, considering De'Aaron Fox is eligible for one in 2020 and Marvin Bagley is eligible for another in 2021. As NBC Sports California's James Ham noted Friday, the Kings have likely earmarked their two five-year "designated player extensions" for the two first-round picks.

In what is considered a weak free-agent class next summer, Hield figures to be one of the best players available. Teams in the modern, space-and-pace NBA will covet his shooting ability, and it stands to reason that he could receive offers closer to what he is seeking next summer -- assuming he is able to replicate the form of his breakout 2018-19 season, of course.

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As a four-year college player who's a year older than many thought when he was drafted, Hield's earning potential probably will not be as high when he ultimately is eligible for unrestricted free agency as a 29-year-old. Thus, his contract demands make a lot of sense, even if they don't mesh with the Kings' roster-building timeline.

But will he, or Sacramento, blink first? The next 10 days will be fascinating to watch.

What Klay Thompson said to Kevin Durant about re-signing with Warriors

What Klay Thompson said to Kevin Durant about re-signing with Warriors

Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant were unrestricted free agents this summer.

While Thompson re-signed with the Warriors, KD chose to join the Brooklyn Nets.

Outside of one simple message, the five-time All-Star Thompson didn't say much to the 10-time All-Star Durant in terms of recruiting him to stay with Golden State.

“I mostly just let him be, but I told him we could have the greatest dynasty ever,” Klay told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports.

Oh what could have been.

The Warriors won the title in 2015 and dropped Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals after winning an NBA single-season record 73 games during the regular season.

With Durant onboard, Golden State captured back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018, and almost assuredly would have accomplished the three-peat if KD and Klay had been fully healthy against the Raptors a couple of months ago.

A core -- healthy of course -- of Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Durant and Thompson would have remained the favorites for years to come. But that isn't how things played out.

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"A change of heart, man," Thompson told Medina. "But I’m never going to hold it against him. He wanted to go to New York City. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

That is correct.

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NBA rumors: Warriors 'looming threat' for Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency

NBA rumors: Warriors 'looming threat' for Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency

The retired Shaun Livingston was the last Warrior to wear No. 34. Will the next one be NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo? 

While it sounds wild and surely would set NBA Twitter ablaze once again, crazier things have happened. The Warriors always will be a threat to sign a star, and the Greek Freak is no exception. 

"The one team lurking out there -- I don't know how this would happen -- but the Warriors have always been the big threat to go after Giannis," ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne said Monday on "The Jump." 

The Bucks superstar shares the same agency as Warriors star Steph Curry and has the same agent as Steph's brother Seth. He is friends with the Curry family, and the New York Times' Marc Stein reported in February that the Warriors have "internally mused about a run at Giannis."

"It would be a difficult construction to make happen, but that is the one looming threat," Shelbourne said. "It comes down to what kind of guy is Giannis. What does he want his legacy to be? Is he the kind of guy who stays with one team his entire career and tries to bring a championship to Milwaukee or does he pull a Kevin Durant and go join a group of super friends?"

Antetokounmpo becomes a free agent after the 2020-21 season. Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all will be on the books at that time with contracts that total at least $100 million.

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The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo took home the league's highest honor last season when he posted 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He already is a three-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-Star and twice has been voted to the All-Defensive team.

With a brand new arena and a hunger for more championships, the Warriors' front office will do anything they can to bring Giannis to the Bay Area. The summer of 2021 could be a big one in San Francisco.