#2. Buddy Hield
One of the most controversial subjects among Kings fans these days is the future of Buddy Hield with the team. He indeed signed a big contract before the season began, but has fallen out of favor at times with coach Luke Walton, and has been relegated to bench duty for the last 20 games. Granted, the move has helped the Kings and might be the primary reason for their sudden turnaround, but it is nonetheless the benching of an $86 million man.
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The main issue with keeping both Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic (who replaced Hield as a starter) is obviously the money. Bogdanovic is a free agent this summer and Sacramento will have to spend big in order to keep him. And by all accounts, that is what they intend to do.
While they can technically keep both players on their roster if they wish, having so much money wrapped up in one on-court position will undoubtedly create some financial strain down the road. Thus, a trade of Hield this summer is certainly possible, whether we like it or not.
Trading Hield before the start of the next season would be beneficial for the Kings not only with their money situation, but his stock his high enough to garner a substantial package in return. We will certainly speculate on possible trade destinations for Hield in a future article, but for now we are left to wonder exactly how Sacramento plans to attack the financial situation.