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Buddy Hield signs four-year extension with Kings that could reach $106M

Hoops Rumors logo Hoops Rumors 10/21/2019 Luke Adams, Hoops Rumors

a basketball player in front of a crowd © Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports The Kings and shooting guard Buddy Hield have reached an agreement on a four-year rookie-scale extension, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

A source tells Amick that Hield’s incentives will be both team- and player-based, with All-Star berths and NBA Finals appearances among the ways the sharpshooter can maximize his earnings. His salary will also descend annually, like Harrison Barnes‘ new four-year contract with the Kings. That will allow the franchise to maximize its cap flexibility in later years, when pricey new deals for De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley could go into effect.

Hield’s four-year extension won’t feature any team or player options, notes Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link).

Hield enjoyed an underrated breakout season in 2018-19, establishing new career highs in PPG (20.7), RPG (5.0), APG (2.5) and several other categories. He increased his productivity while maintaining his impressive efficiency, converting 42.7 percent of 7.9 three-point attempts per game.

His 278 three-pointers in ’18-19 placed him seventh on the NBA’s all-time list for threes in a single season. Only Stephen Curry (four times), James Harden (2018-19) and Paul George (2018-19) have ever made more outside shots in a season.

Despite Hield’s impressive ascent, he and the Kings had a gap to bridge in contract negotiations this fall as they attempted to get something done before the season and avoid having the former first-round pick become a restricted free agent next summer. Hield used increasingly escalating rhetoric in conversations with reporters, even hinting at a trade demand if he and the Kings couldn’t work out a new long-term deal.

A recent report indicated that Hield was seeking $110M over four years, while Sacramento was offering $90M. While we don’t know for sure that those numbers were accurate, the terms of his new deal suggest a compromise — at worst, he’ll earn $86M over four seasons, but that number could be significantly higher if he hits several of his bonus benchmarks.

If Hield had reached the open market in 2020, he would’ve been eligible for a four-year, maximum-salary offer sheet worth up to an estimated $124.7M, based on the league’s latest cap projections. However, he always seemed willing to accept less than the max from the Kings in order to avoid a year of uncertainty.

With an extra $24M+ on their books for 2020-21, the Kings are extremely unlikely to be a major player in free agency next summer. And with Hield off the market, the 2020 free agent class looks a little weaker.

Jaylen Brown (Celtics), Domantas Sabonis (Pacers),and Malik Beasley (Nuggets) are among the top extension-eligible players who still have until 6 p.m. Eastern Time to sign new deals to avoid restricted free agency next year.

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