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30Q: How long will Buddy Hield remain a King?

After nearly being traded to the Lakers, how much longer will Buddy Hield be in Sacramento?

It seemed like Buddy Hield was about to be a Los Angeles Laker. Everyone, from the Kings front office, to league insiders, to Buddy himself, thought the trade was about to be completed. The Lakers made a last-second pivot to acquire Russell Westbrook instead.

Since then, Buddy and the Kings have been in a strange sort of limbo. It has appeared that Buddy would rather be elsewhere, though Buddy has stayed professional and silent (at least publicly) on the matter. From the failed trade, we can surmise that the many reports of the Kings shopping Buddy were correct.

So how much longer will Buddy be a King?

It first seemed like he’d be gone at last season’s trade deadline. Then it seemed like he’d be gone by the draft. Now it seems like that timeline may have been pushed back again.

A trade could still happen before the season begins, but it would no longer surprise me if Buddy starts the year in Sacramento.

The concern then becomes what happens to Buddy’s trade value. Buddy wants to start, we all know that, but the Kings probably had plans to see more of Fox and Haliburton starting together. Do the Kings risk Buddy’s trade value if he’s unhappy coming off the bench? Do the Kings continue to start Buddy over Haliburton at the short-term expense of the backcourt of the future?

Barring a late Ben Simmons trade, it’s hard to see a trade where Buddy moves before training camp. It seems Buddy will be a King for at least a little while longer.

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AnybodyButBagley
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September 6, 2021 10:26 am

The deals for Buddy are harder to find because he does only one thing. Any deal will require a team that needs his specific skill.

Buddy will be a King for a while.

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September 6, 2021 10:38 am

Buddy will be a King for a while.

Buddy watch: 212 games more, and he would become the all-time Sacramento King in games played. Dude doesn’t miss many games, so if he stayed here 3 more seasons he could pass Jason Thompson’s glorious mark. If we made the playoffs, that’d add even more games, of course.

AnybodyButBagley
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September 6, 2021 11:14 am
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Keeping him around is not bad thing as long as they use him correctly.

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September 7, 2021 9:55 am

“as long as they use him correctly”, and Buddy doesn’t run to the media b/c he’s unhappy with how he is being used.

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September 6, 2021 11:58 am

There’s plenty of teams that could use Buddy’s shooting, shooting is always at a premium. Besides the Lakers deal, Monte simply hasn’t received an offer he has liked. I’m guessing something transpires pre trade deadline.
There’s no rush to trade any of the 3 B’s.
If the right trade comes along, Monte will pull the trigger.

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September 6, 2021 10:32 am

Five more 3-pointers and Buddy becomes the all-time leader in that category for this franchise.
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His 3 point percentage was around 43% when Joerger was the coach. Walton got him down to 39%. I’d love to see Buddy again with a non-Walton coach. Unless he gets traded to the L*kers. Then I’d love to see Buddy being coached by Walton.

https://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/SAC/leaders_career.html

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September 6, 2021 10:39 am
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Watch, when Buddy hits 1070 made three’s, Monte will trade him.

“Ha! No franchise record breaking for you, Buddy!”

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September 6, 2021 10:40 am
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September 6, 2021 10:52 am
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Buddy’s 3P volume also went up and that’s an ok trade-off – I would rather have Buddy be a 39% shooter on 10 attempts per game than a 43% shooter on 8 attempts. I’m more concerned that his ok-ish scoring at the rim has become outright dismal more recently – it would be nice if a 90% FT shooter could actually generate some FTs in the clutch…

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September 6, 2021 11:15 am

Have to dribble the ball to get to the rim. More than two dribbles and he forgets what to do.

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September 6, 2021 11:43 am

Good call!

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