(Damian Lillard, who was in a similar situation with the Trail Blazers, recommends that Buddy tread lightly.)

In terms of pure numbers, four years and $90 million is certainly low. Harrison Barnes, a man who has perhaps never passed in his life, received four years and $85 million this summer from the Kings. Hield does deserve more, and even if he remains the same player he was last season, the shooting he brings to the offense is worth it. The Kings’ future revolves around De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley, and though paying them eventually will require pruning a very deep but young roster, to fail to see Hield as a foundational piece who excels at the game’s most important skill would be to harm the young core before it truly gets started.

Hield will almost certainly get more than four years and $110 million this summer, so if the Kings wait to let Hield reach restricted free agency, they’ll lose him for nothing or wind up paying him even more. From a bloodless, fake-GM standpoint, it makes sense to pay him now. The Kings also got by on chemistry last season and seem to be building something special. Why jeopardize it for $5 million a year?


Thankfully, this one video of Hield and team GM Vlade Divac laughing at practice indicates that everything is fine. Nothing to worry about. Cool!