The Boston Celtics are a team that’s potentially one bench piece away from being a contender. What could get them an ideal 3-point sniper off the pine, such as Buddy Hield?
A trade idea that would marry Buddy Hield to the Boston Celtics has been a hot topic in recent days due to the report that highlighted Hield’s attitude towards Sacramento Kings Head Coach Luke Walton:
Jason Jones of The Athletic reported Friday, citing sources, that “Hield has soured on [Luke] Walton to the point he will not answer his coach’s phone calls.” This is the second straight season that Hield has “soured” on a Kings head coach.
Despite having a breakout season under Dave Joerger, it was Hield, amongst others, who wanted Joerger replaced. Under Walton, Hield started the first 44 games of the season, but with the team struggling, the Kings’ coach made an adjustment to the starting lineup on Jan. 24. Hield was sent to the second unit and Bogdan Bogdanovic was elevated to the starting five.
In addition to the report, our own Donny Porcaro gave his take on the matter of Hield in green and white:
Let me say now, I am so glad Brown has ended any question as to whether Hield should have been taken before him. Brown is the better all-around player and has had more NBA success. With that being said, though, would Hield be welcomed in to have a complementary role in the starting lineup? My guess is no.
While the “Hou-Donny” is anything but bullish on the idea, I believe there are certain scenarios in which bringing Hield on board makes sense. Here are 2 such ideas: