Fox envisions a promising future with Hield in Sacramento, but the Kings are facing an October 21 deadline to re-sign Hield, who is eligible for a massive contract extension that could impact the organization's ability to keep other core pieces. "I want to get that done, for sure". "I want to get that done, for sure".
"We need to get that done", Hield told The Bee. Buddy's been great. I think last night, defensively, he really stepped up to the challenge that we've been putting out there for him. "They're talking, but nothing is moving yet". If I'm their guy, I think they should make it happen already. This is where I want to be, so it would be good for me to be here in Sacramento. I'm ready to get this s- done. "I want to be here and if it doesn't happen, then things can go the other way".
Fox and Hield built chemistry on the floor last season, and are developing into a dynamic backcourt. The No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram is not getting one with his new team in New Orleans (especially after his blood clot health scare last season) and the Celtics and No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown are not near a deal.
What is this player worth: 20.7 points per game, with just less than half his shot attempts coming from three, where he hit 42.7 percent, an elite shooter with a 58.7 true shooting percentage, a 17.5 PER, with the second-highest win shares and value over replacement player on the team. While Fox isn't going to jump in and help out with negotiations, he'd like to keep Hield and the rest of the young core together in Sacramento and see if they can develop into something special. "I think we have a lot of things that we can continue to get better at, and I think once everyone is at their peak, I think we'll be a hell of a team".
The max for a rookie-scale extension is five-years, $170 million, so far only Ben Simmons (Philadelphia) and Jamal Murray (Denver) have gotten those. If he doesn't sign a contract extension by October 21, he'll become a restricted free agent next summer, the Kings holding the ability to match any offer. Hield isn't demanding a max offer, but the Kings might have to come close to reach an agreement before the deadline.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is in the final year of his first National Basketball Association contract.
The Kings have incentive not to extend him, though.
Fox and Bagley will be eligible for extensions in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
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