July 17, 2020, 3:43 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Head coach Luke Walton said that Buddy Hield was a full participant at practice on Friday.
Hield had tested positive for COVID-19 back on June 24, and it is good to see he completed a full practice immediately upon joining the team's workouts. Hield has had a challenging season, and was coming off the bench when the stoppage in play began. Nonetheless, he has been productive overall with averages of 19.8 points and 3.8 3-pointers and has a real opportunity to make up for lost time when play resumes.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
July 16, 2020, 4:00 pmAlex LenC, Sacramento Kings
According to James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area, Alex Len will be traveling to Orlando for the NBA restart on Thursday night after quarantining due to a positive Coronavirus test.
The Kings have been without Alex Len, Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker as the trio tested positive for Covid-19 on June 24. It is positive news that Len will be joining his team in Orlando and he should be able to participate in practice after a two-day quarantine. The Kings have also had to practice without Richaun Holmes (violation of Covid-19 protocol) and De'Aaron Fox (ankle sprain). If the big-man rotation is healthy at the start of the resumption season, Len will serve as a back-up big and is not worth drafting in resumption seasons. However, if Holmes has to miss time, Len could see a significant boost in opportunity and would be worth monitoring for fantasy purposes.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
July 12, 2020, 7:20 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker, who both tested positive for COVID-19, have joined the Kings in Orlando and are beginning their quarantine process.
Both players need to return two straight negative COVID tests before returning to practice. Sacramento has an outside shot at the playoffs and will need Hield to make it happen, even with the evident friction between him and new coach Luke Walton. Parker was not in the rotation when the season was postponed. Hopefully the Kings, and all teams, can enter the resumption schedule fully healthy.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
July 10, 2020, 8:10 pmAlex LenC, Sacramento Kings
Alex Len, Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker have yet to join the rest of their Kings teammates in Orlando clear (test negative for) the coronavirus protocol for the NBA's 'bubble' at Disney World.
This update was courtesy of head coach Luke Walton, via Kings Insider James Ham, after it was reported that the trio tested positive on June 24. Len apparently never felt symptoms. Parker, for his part, broke his quarantine when he was seen playing tennis in his native Chicago (where he is in isolation) on video. There's a chance Len and Hield will be able to report to Orlando before Parker because of this, but all three must clear protocol before they can make the trip to the bubble.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
June 24, 2020, 10:55 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield told Leo Beas of ESPN that he feels fine and will be ready to join the Kings in Orlando.
Shams Charania reported that Hield had tested positive for coronavirus earlier on Wednesday but there were no details on Hield's condition. It's a positive sign that Hield is feeling good and he should have enough time to recover before the season restarts.
Source: Leo Beas on Twitter
June 24, 2020, 9:02 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Shams Charania reported that Buddy Hield tested positive for coronavirus.
There are no details in the report of how Hield is feeling. Hopefully is asymptomatic or has mild symptoms at the worst. If his recovery goes well he could still recover in time to return to Orlando with the Kings when the season resumes at the end of July.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 28, 2020, 10:06 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Tensions were high between Buddy Hield and the Kings' coaching staff at points during the 2019-2020 season but head coach Luke Walton apparently has no concerns, stating that he and sharpshooting guard Buddy Hield have a "very good relationship" at this point.
Well then. Hield, who notably won the 3-point shooting contest in February, was not happy with his usage throughout the 2019-2020 season. He was moved to the bench by Walton and played 20 games as a reserve before the season was suspended in March. There were even trade rumors swirling when Hield made his discontent public which was particularly interesting given that the team locked up Hield to a 4-year extension just last October. Walton is obviously downplaying the situation with Hield for the betterment of the team as a whole, so we will see what, if anything, else comes out of Hield's friction with Walton.
Source: Sam Amick on The Athletic
March 8, 2020, 12:43 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield shot 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-9 from deep on his way to scoring 22 points with two steals in 26 minutes off the bench.
Hield hasn't played 30 minutes in a game since February 12, and that's a disappointing trend that looks to continue. Hield is still a top-50 player over the past month and should continue to post top-60 value with his upside capped by his role in Sacramento.
March 6, 2020, 12:20 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield came off the bench on Thursday and scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting to go with one rebound, one assist, three steals and six triples in 25 minutes of action.
Hield's low minutes are a huge question mark during a game that was well within reach. There's no valid explanation for him barely getting on the floor as he's the second best player on this team. The stats are still there, but hopefully this isn't a trend.
February 27, 2020, 10:34 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield came off the bench on Thursday and scored 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with one rebound, two assists, two steals, a block and five triples.
Hield is still getting it done where you need him to and it's a bit disappointing we didn't see him start or go off without De'Aaron Fox in this one, but the production is still there. He's hitting the same amount of 3s as if he were starting so all is good.
February 27, 2020, 6:17 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron Fox (right lower abdominal tightness) has been ruled out ahead of Thursday’s tilt vs. the Thunder.
Fox suffered this injury during the first half of Tuesday's win over the Warriors but played through it. Unfortunately, he’ll have to miss Thursday’s game. Cory Joseph will see the lion’s share of Fox’s minutes on Thursday while Buddy Hield and Kent Bazemore could also see additional run. The Kings are playing against the Grizzlies tomorrow night so consider Fox questionable for now.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
February 27, 2020, 4:12 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (lower abdominal tightness) is officially questionable to play in Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.
Fox left Tuesday's game for a brief stint but was ultimately able to return. Cory Joesph, Buddy Hield and Kent Bazemore could all see additional minutes if Fox misses Thursday's game. Continue to monitor the wire as we learn more.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 2:44 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield hit five 3-pointers as part of a 19-point (6-of-15 FGs), six-rebound, two-assist, one-steal performance in a 112-94 road victory over the Warriors on Tuesday.
Hield, since exiting the starting lineup, has easily been an early-round player. He may not keep up such high shooting percentages and therefore will likely see a drop in threes and points as well. However, regardless of his role, Hield has solidified himself as a reliable top-35 player going forward.
February 22, 2020, 6:51 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield only saw 15 minutes of action on Saturday against the Clippers, scoring seven points with a 3-pointer and a steal.
Issues between Hield and the Kings have been festering for a while now, and it seems like there’s been a total breakdown of trust between player and organization. Kent Bazemore had a big game which might help explain this, but Hield is definitely trending downward. If his minutes continue to stay in this range then all bets will be off, but Hield should still be able to deliver middle-round value as long as he has a reasonable workload. And with the way the Kings pull the rug and then go right back to him, this is a great buy low moment for a guy bringing back early round value this season.
February 15, 2020, 9:33 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield beat Devin Booker and Davis Bertans with 27 points in the final round of the 3-Point Contest on Saturday.
Hield had to hit the final shot to beat Booker by one point and take home the 2020 3-Point Contest trophy. Hield is third in made 3-pointers this season with 207. He has been on a roll lately and is a top-30 player over the past month while averaging 21.1 points and 4.5 threes per game. Hield should have a top-50 finish to the season.