Divac: Kings working on contract extension for Hield

Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield averaged 20.7 points last season.

The Sacramento Kings are working on a contract extension for shooting guard Buddy Hield, general manager Vlade Divac told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.

Hield, 26, is entering the final year of a four-year, $15.9-million rookie contract, signed after the New Orleans Pelicans drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2016. If he doesn’t reach agreement on a rookie-scale extension within the next six weeks, he is likely to become a restricted free agent after the season.

“We’re working on it and we’ll figure out something,” Hield said. “Buddy is a very important piece to this franchise.”

Hield is 6-foot-4 and showed great improvement last season as a starter, averaging 20.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 43 percent on 3-pointers.

As Anderson relayed, he also “became the first player in NBA history to make 600 3-pointers in his first three NBA seasons, surpassing the likes of Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.”