After a historic college career at Oklahoma and dazzling in this years 3-point contest Buddy Hield seems destined to play on a big stage. Sacramento may not be the best place for Hield, but what about the Big Apple?
Buddy Hield is having another great offensive season, averaging over 20 points for the second season in a row. Hield is also averaging a career high 3.2 assist and 5 rebounds per game.
Hield currently ranks 13th for field goal percentage amongst shooting guards (min 15 FGA per game) and his 20.4 points per game ranks 27th amongst all players.
Recently, the Kings moved Hield to the bench, and over the last 10 games the guard has been on a shooting tear. Buddy Hield has averaged 22.2 points while shooting 50.6% from the field and 49% from three.
If Hield is having such a break out performance, why would the Kings want to trade their 27-year-old star? The answer is they don’t but rather they may be forced into making a deal.
Shams Charania of the Athletic recently reports, “If Hield remains displeased with his role, a source with knowledge of his thinking said he might request a trade. 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.”
If Buddy Hield demands a trade this off-season the Knicks should be ready with an offer. Speaking of which…
If Sacramento is forced to trade Buddy Hield it’s likely they would want a star in return, and Julius Randle may be the closest they can get. Randle has averaged 19.3 points. 9.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Over the past few weeks rumors have picked up about the Knicks potentially moving Julius Randle and this would be a win win for both teams. Dennis Smith Jr. would be a young player who could appeal to a rebuilding Kings team, and throwing in one of Dallas’ 1st round picks would sweeten the deal just enough to lure Buddy Hield to New York.