December 27, 2019, 11:05 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
According to Jason Jones of the Athletic, "trust issues" have developed between Buddy Hield and Luke Walton after a string of games in which Hield has been benched during 4th quarters and overtime periods.
What else is new? Hield squared off publicly with Vlade Divac and other members of the Kings' front office over the summer before relenting and signing a team-friendly deal. Luke Walton has been benching Hield in the 4th quarters of the last two games, an unfathomably bad coaching decision that has culminated in the Kings extending their losing streak to four. Walton's stubborn refusal to play his best players together for meaningful stretches may end up costing him more than his job, as it also seems to be souring their few good players toward the franchise.
Source: The Athletic