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Kings sign guard Buddy Hield to four-year, $86M contract extension

Kings sign guard Buddy Hield to four-year, $86M contract extension

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

The Kings announced Monday that they have signed guard Buddy Hield to a multiyear contract extension. Although the team wouldn't release specific terms of the deal, NBC Sports California confirmed through an NBA source that it's for four years and $86 million, with an extra $20 million through incentives.

The Athletic's Sam Amick first reported the news hours ahead of the deadline for Hield to sign an extension.

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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Kings set regular-season roster by waiving Tyler Ulis, Hollis Thompson

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Kings set regular-season roster by waiving Tyler Ulis, Hollis Thompson

SACRAMENTO -- The drama is over and the Kings’ roster is now set at 15, along with a pair of two-way players.

According to the team, both Tyler Ulis and Hollis Thompson have been waived, bring the team’s roster down to the league maximum before the Oct. 21 2 p.m. PST deadline.

After a promising start to his career with the Phoenix Suns, Ulis struggled with hip injuries last season and then spent most of training camp on the sidelines with a groin injury.

The Kings are hoping he can get his career back on the right track and barring a waiver claim, they expect the 23-year-old point guard to join the team’s G League affiliate in Stockton.

The former Kentucky product has averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 20.9 minutes per game in 133 career games over three seasons with the Suns and Bulls.

Thompson was a late add to the roster. He played for the Kings during the California Classic, and like Ulis, he is likely headed to Stockton for the upcoming season.

The 28-year-old forward has seen action in 265 NBA games over his career, posting 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in over 6400 minutes of action. His G League rights were acquired by Stockton for a first-round selection over the summer.

A surprise addition to the roster is Tyler Lydon. The 6-foot-10 forward has played in just 25 NBA games since being selected with the 24th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He was limited in camp due to a hip injury and played just one eight minute stretch for the team.

The former Syracuse Orangeman spent time in the G League in each of the last two seasons and is likely headed to Stockton once he’s healthy.

General manager Vlade Divac has until Monday to finalize the roster, but here is how it looks as of Sunday afternoon.

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Unofficial 2019-20 Sacramento Kings roster:

De'Aaron Fox
Cory Joseph
Yogi Ferrell
Buddy Hield
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Justin James
Harrison Barnes
Trevor Ariza
Marvin Bagley
Nemanja Bjelica
Tyler Lydon
Dewayne Dedmon
Richaun Holmes
Harry Giles
Caleb Swanigan

Two-Way Players

Wenyen Gabriel
Kyle Guy

Buddy Hield jokes about Kings contract situation with GM Vlade Divac

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Buddy Hield jokes about Kings contract situation with GM Vlade Divac

Buddy Hield has made it crystal clear. He wants to get paid. He's set his value and he doesn't want to budge. The Kings appear to have set their limits and don't want to budge either.

The shooting guard's contract situation has added a bit of tension to what was supposed to be an exciting Kings season.

But despite the gap in salary numbers, Hield and general manager Vlade Divac have been all smiles when the cameras are rolling. The latest moment between the two came during Kings Fan Fest at Golden 1 Center on Saturday.

During a light scrimmage, Hield threw down a dunk off a backboard pass from point guard De'Aaron Fox. Hield then turned to Divac, who was sitting courtside and made a money gesture with his hands.

A few moments later, the two were embracing and laughing about the whole situation.

A day earlier, Hield and Divac were seen talking cordially after Kings practice.

All of this started last week when Hield aired his grievances with the media following a Kings preseason game. Hield reportedly is looking for a four-year contract worth $110 million, while the Kings would prefer to give him around $90 million.

The two sides have until Monday to work out a contract extension. If they don't, the 26-year-old would become a restricted free agent next summer, assuming the Kings make the $6.5 million qualifying offer to him.

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The comments from Hield to the media make it sound like there's bad blood between the two sides.

But based on the video coming out of Sacramento the last two days, things might not be as bad as we think.

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