• Buddy Hield may change his mind about a trade if he gets more playing time this season
  • The Sacramento Kings want multiple assets for Hield, a report says
  • The Kings are in no rush to deal out Hield

Buddy Hield has been pretty vocal about wanting to be traded, and the Sacramento Kings appear to be willing. Things have not been that peaceful between the 6th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft and the Kings, especially head coach Luke Walton.

Sacramento is interested in getting future assets for the 27-year-old guard, Ian Begley of SNY reported. That includes getting draft compensation, though it was not mentioned how many picks would convince Sacramento to agree to a trade.

So far, no team has come forward to actively pursue Hield. Something may crop up in the coming days. Regardless, the Kings are not in a rush when it comes to a deal for the disgruntled guard. They need all the help they can get this 2020-21 season after losing one of their main gunners, Bogdan Bogdanovic.

The Serbian is now with the Atlanta Hawks after the Kings opted not to match their four-year, $72 million pitch, Sports Illustrated reported. His exit leaves a big void for Walton, and Hield is looming as a plausible player to fill up that spot.

Last season, Hield put up good numbers. In 72 games, he averaged 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 30.8 minutes of action. He also shot 47.9% from the field and 39.4% from beyond the arc.

More playing time could alter the preference of the 2020 NBA Three-Point Contest champion. Also, he fits perfectly with the new up-tempo style of play that new general manager Monte McNair wants. This was discussed in detail in a previous report.

In September, Hield got linked to the Philadelphia 76ers when he liked a tweet from Hoop Central claiming that Philly expressed interest in him. Nothing followed after that, although anything can still happen. But a better question is: what can Philly offer to the Kings for the Bahamanian?

Another NBA team linked to Hield is the Dallas Mavericks. According to unnamed sources singled out by sports journalist Landon Buford, Hield has a preference for the Mavs. If a deal pushes through, the shooting guard could be a good complement to resident star guard Luka Doncic.

Right now, it makes more sense for Hield to stay with the Kings following the departure of Bogdanovic. However, the question of whether or not he has been able to work things out with Walton – someone also likely under McNair’s radar for the 2020-21 NBA season – remains.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield
Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield Getty Images | Kim Klement-Pool