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Buddy Hield Might Demand Trade From Kings Over His Role As Sixth Man

(via Sports Illustrated)

(via Sports Illustrated)

The Sacramento Kings have been in turmoil for most of the 2019-20 season. In the midst of inconsistent play on the court and the failure of Marvin Bagley III to develop, there has been a major split in the locker room, mostly revolving around Buddy Hield.

After signing a big extension earlier this season, he is convinced he is ready for a bigger role -- a role the team has not been so willing to give him.

And, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, Sam Amick, and Jason Jones, Hield may consider a trade request if things don't change.

“He believes he is a starter in the NBA and there’s no guarantee he’ll get that job back, given how the team has played lately. And unlike last season, when he never criticized [former head coach Dave] Joerger publicly and even refrained from doing so after their well-chronicled January 2019 run-in at Golden State, Hield has shown a willingness to criticize [current head coach Luke] Walton that has proved at times problematic.”

Upon the start of the 2020-21 campaign, Hield is set to earn $106 million over the next four years.

Averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists on 43% shooting, it's clear why the Kings were willing to keep him around. But recently, he has been more trouble than he's worth.

Something has to give sooner or later, and expect a conclusion to this Buddy story to play out before the start of next season.