Dallas Mavericks trade deadline target: 5. Buddy Hield
The market for shot creators is thin, and teams will have to pay a premium to acquire one, but Hield’s value could be down enough that Dallas may be able to swoop in. He is playing under 30 minutes per game for the first time since 2018 and shooting a career-worst field goal and 3-point percentage. Hield’s playmaking has also taken a step backward this season.
The Kings want to trade Buddy to make room in their backcourt to play De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell, but the 6’4 wing still has two years and $39 million left on his contract after this season. Hield is a career 40 percent 3-point shooter, but his contract and poor current performance have decreased his market value.
Hield is not the perfect fit in Dallas. The Mavericks are committed to playing stout defense, and he rates 160th of 250 qualified players in FiveThirtyEight’s Defensive RAPTOR.
Hield would replace the shot creation and floor spacing lost with Tim Hardaway Jr. out for an extended stretch after surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. He could give the Dallas Mavericks a playmaking boost and a change of scenery could motivate him to improve his defense. It is a trade worth exploring if the Kings are willing to part with Buddy Hield for a minimal return.