Houston Rockets buy-low candidate #2: Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield has fallen down the Kings’ pecking order and could soon see himself relegated to their third guard. De’Aaron Fox has been given the keys to the car and Tyrese Haliburton has impressed in his rookie season.
The Kings timeline for contention is a few years out and Buddy Hield at 28-years-old and in the first year of a four-year extension doesn’t really fit into a rebuild. Hield isn’t a bad player but he’s a well-paid player that looks headed to being the third banana for a rebuilding team.
The Rockets need 3-point shooting desperately and Hield would be able to come in and instantly have a large role in their offense. Hield has seen his role on offense shrink over the past two seasons and the Kings need to find a defense-first player to compliment their two offensively talented yet defensively incompetent guards.
The Kings should be interested in freeing up cap space to build out their roster and moving Hield and the remaining $70 million on his contract would help them instantly. The Rockets will have plenty of cap space available to absorb his contract and because his salary decreases each year of the deal he won’t be a long-term burden.
The Rockets might have to give up a little value to land Hield but they certainly have the ammunition to pull it off. Hield is a high-volume 3-point shooter that can open up an offense. Stephen Silas wants to spread the floor with shooters but the Rockets’ lack of credible shooters have hampered the team offensively.
Hield is the type of player where if he’s in the right role he can look like an All-Star and Houston has the perfect ingredients to let him shine. The Rockets should shoot their shot for Hield and then let him do the same.