Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield.
The Philadelphia 76ers is one of those teams that might just be lacking a couple pieces in order to seriously challenge for a title in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since losing Landry Shamet and J.J. Redick, they have been in need of more shooting, and as a result, it appears that an interest has developed in the Bahamian shooting guard of the Sacramento Kings.
It’s no secret that Kings guard Chavano “Buddy” Hield has had his share of issues with his team and Head Coach Luke Walton – particularly since being relegated to the bench at the end of January. The Kings have flourished since, and Hield has maintained his level of production, but the 27-year-old Bahamian is not satisfied with his new role, knowing that he is deserving of a starting spot somewhere.
The Kings won at Chicago, 98-81, on January 24, and have won 12 of 19 since – all with Hield coming off the bench. They have leapt right back in the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference of the NBA, but with the season now on hold, there’s no telling if or when they will have an opportunity to continue their resurgence. In their last game on Sunday, March 8, the Kings lost a tough game, 118-113, at home at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, to the NBA Champions Toronto Raptors.
Despite the winning record, understandably Hield is not ecstatic with his new role in Sacramento, and with the Sixers being in need of more shooting, they have apparently expressed interest. Hield is one of the more feared shooters in the league and could certainly provide the spark that appears to be missing from the Sixers. He won the Mountain Dew NBA Three Point Competition this year and has continued to light up opposing teams from three-point land this season. Hield has been a consistent and potent threat from downtown ever since he entered the league. The Bahamian set a Kings franchise record with 278 made three-pointers last season and was on pace to break that mark this season up to the stoppage of play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a career 41.1 percent shooter from three-point territory.
According to NBA Bleacher Report, a proposed hypothetical trade involving the Kings and Sixers would send Hield, Harrison Barnes and Cory Joseph to the Sixers for Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson and Zhaire Smith. The Kings would also receive the Sixers’ 2022 first-round pick which would be top-eight protected and $1.8 million in cash.
As a deadly shooter with
tremendous accuracy, Hield would fit in right with emerging superstars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as a third option for the Sixers, and could be the perfect complement on a championship team. He is a spot up shooter as well as he could create his own shot, and would give the Sixers more options in the half-court game.
With Hield’s uncertainty in Sacramento growing, it’s likely the Kings will pursue a trade in the offseason. For now, the Bahamian is just answering the call whenever his name is called. Practice facilities have begun to open around the NBA despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19, and teams are preparing as if play will resume at some point this season.
Various states in America are gradually opening up, seeking to return to a state of normalcy, and whereas it’s still a long way off before sports is completely back on the schedule, there is some light at the end of the tunnel with various leagues and organizations considering the options that are available to them.
As for the Kings, in accordance with an updated Sacramento County Public Health Order and NBA guidelines regarding voluntary, individual player workouts, their practice facility which is located at the Golden 1 Center, reopened to players on Monday. However, activities are required to conform with social distancing requirements.
The team’s facility will be available for use by Kings players for workouts and treatment on a voluntary, individual basis only. No more than four players will be permitted in the facility at any one time; physical distancing practices set forth by the NBA will be in place throughout the facility; no group activity will occur, including practices or scrimmages; staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times when inside the facility and players will be required to do so except during the period when they are engaged in physical activity; rigorous cleaning and disinfection procedures for the facility and all equipment as outlined by the NBA, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, have been implemented to promote the health and well-being of the team; and temperature screening will be in place for all players and staff members upon entering the facility.
No Kings player has tested positive for the novel coronavirus to date.
“We remain in constant communication with the NBA and public health officials as we continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation and ensure we are adhering to all requirements and recommended practices associated with the resumption of activity at the team’s practice facility,” as stated in a Kings press release.
There are over 4.4 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 300,000 deaths. The United States is the most impacted nation with over 1.4 million cases and over 86,000 deaths.