Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield has expressed the importance of getting a contract extension or “things could go the other way.”
Kings GM Vlade Divac recently said he wanted to keep Hield, but the team has yet to offer the 26-year-old a deal.
Heild, who is eligible for an extension for 10 more days, spoke with Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee:
â€œWe need to get that done,â€ Hield told The Bee. â€œI want to get that done, for sure. If it doesnâ€™t get done, things could go the other way. This is where I want to be, so it would be good for me to be here in Sacramento. If Iâ€™m their guy, I think they should make it happen already. I want to build a future here. I want to be here, but we have to see something. Somethingâ€™s gotta come to the table. We have a week and a half to see what that brings, but I want to be here.â€
â€œAs a player, you want to have that trust that the franchise has your back and weâ€™re just waiting for them to make a move and come to an agreement,â€ Hield said. â€œTheyâ€™re talking, but nothing is moving yet. Nothing has moved. Iâ€™m ready to make things happen, man. I want to make Sacramento my home. Iâ€™m ready to get this sâ€” done. I want to be here and if it doesnâ€™t happen, then things can go the other way.â€
â€œI know what Iâ€™m worth,â€ Hield said. â€œI know what I bring to the table. I know what my value is. Not many guys can shoot the ball like me in the league. I make other guys better by just being on the court because they canâ€™t leave me, and if they leave me itâ€™s 45 percent my shot is going in, so Iâ€™m sure other teams would like that, too.â€
Hield has a case here, especially after his scoring and assisting has increased each of his three seasons in the league.
He’s due to make a salary of $4,861,208 this season before possibly hitting free agency next offseason.
Check out his top plays from last season: