Pacific Notes: Hield, Oubre, Crowder, Oturu

The Kings only have two options now on Bogdan Bogdanovic: either they let him walk for nothing or they match Atlanta’s four-year, $72MM offer sheet.

While the Kings no longer have the opportunity to extract any assets in a Bogdanovic sign-and-trade, the team might be able to salvage some value by matching Bogdanovic’s offer and then trading Buddy Hield, opines Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. However, as Anderson writes, conversations with people around the league suggest there are mixed opinions on Hield’s trade value.

One of Anderson’s sources referred to Hield as untradeable, while another said that there are likely multiple teams that value the sharpshooter, adding that the Kings would probably seek “a good young player or players and draft picks.”

While I don’t agree that Hield is untradeable, I expect it would be difficult for the Kings to extract fair value for one of the NBA’s best shooters if they match on Bogdanovic. Potential trade suitors know that Hield would probably welcome a change of scenery and that the Kings likely don’t want to pay both players long term, limiting the team’s leverage.

Here are a few more items from around the West:

  • New Warriors wing Kelly Oubre Jr. anticipates being able to contribute his energetic scoring and defense to a team in desperate need of his help on the wing, as he told David Aldridge of The Athletic in a recent interview. “They have a lot of weapons, of course, but I’m also a weapon, on offense and defense,” Oubre said. “I feel I can kind of bring that flux of just lucid, position-less basketball back to the organization. I can guard one through five.” Oubre, an unrestricted free agent in 2021, was brought in using a portion of the Warriors’ $17MM trade exception to help replace Klay Thompson, who will miss his second consecutive season due to injury, this time with a torn Achilles.
  • Jae Crowder will be instrumental in helping the new-look Suns make a concerted playoff push, as Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic details. Signed to a three-year, $30MM contract, Crowder will essentially replace Oubre as a sharp-shooting, switchable defensive wing.
  • The Clippers will almost certainly be limited to offering Daniel Oturu a two-year, minimum-salary contract, since they don’t have the mid-level exception available and will want his cap hit to come in at the rookie minimum, writes John Hollinger of The Athletic. Hollinger wonders if Oturu’s agent might try to squeeze the Clippers by asking for a second-year player option on that deal.

Alex Kirschenbaum contributed to this post.

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25 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Hield, Oubre, Crowder, Oturu

  1. steve dolan

    “The Clippers will almost certainly be limited to offering Daniel Oturu a two-year, minimum-salary contract, since they don’t have the mid-level exception available”
    What happens if Oturu does not accept the offer from the Clippers ? Does he become a free agent ?

    • Ironmonger835

      They hold his draft rights and he cannot sign with another team unless they renounce him.

    • Luke Adams

      If they don’t reach a deal, the Clippers can tender him a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum offer to retain his rights. I doubt it’ll get to that point.

      Reaching free agency early isn’t a bad deal for second-round picks. The Suns were in a similar situation to this with De’Anthony Melton a couple years ago. He took the two-year, minimum-salary deal and now he’s already onto his much more lucrative second contract!

      • hiflew

        The only downside there is that most second rounders won’t get that lucrative second contract. There are some that do, but most are out of the league by the end of the rookie deal. Sometimes it’s better to get as much out of the sure thing as possible. If he is good enough to stay in the NBA, he will get his money even if it is a year or two later. But the odds favor getting as much out of the rookie deal as possible.

        • Luke Adams

          True, though even the second-rounders that get three- or four-year deals usually aren’t getting those third or fourth years fully guaranteed.

  2. Sillivan

    76ers don’t want Hield any more bc they don’t plan to pay 30m luxury tax a season

    But this trade would upgrade
    Danny Green, Scott and peanut for Hield

  3. imindless

    Kings would be wise to resign Bogdan, the amount of teams interested this offseason was very telling, most teams including lakers couldn’t get involved due to the cap. They could sign and trade him to a contender in season to a tram hardcapped. Don’t see them letting him walk

    • RMTest

      There’s a 15% trade kicker in the offer sheet Atlanta submitted. So if Sacramento trades him in year one of the new deal, they would have to pay that kicker.

  4. phillyballers

    If they make Hield available, Sixers will probably pull that trigger and give them a handful of picks.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      That’s not happening. Neither of them is getting past the Bucks or the Heat. Perhaps one or both can reach the second round, but not the ECF.

      • x%sure

        Bodies are not even done moving around yet, but hwmvps cannot wait to be wrong.

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          What bodies aren’t done moving around yet? The only thing left is for teams to fill out their rosters with minimum vet contracts. Almost every team is basically done with trades/free agency.

  5. Sillivan

    Celtics can still get Myles Turner

    Trade idea
    Celtics get Turner
    Hornets get Hayward and a Celtics First
    Pacers get Zeller monk and a Celtics First

      • Sillivan

        Separate trade would be same
        Trade 1
        Celtics get Zeller Monk
        Hornets get Hayward and A First

        Trade 2

  6. I'm a starboy not a Dr...

    Nuggets make the most sense for Hield. Gary Harris & Bates-Diop for Hield & a pick…

    • mlbnyyfan

      Why did the Heat not want Crowder back. I thought he was a key player for them.

  7. x%sure

    Do we know if Bogans could have chosen the Bucks for $2mil per season less? Was it ever his option, if he played his cards differently? Or did he figuratively arrange those cards to say “sorry, deer”.

  8. The main question the Kings have to answer is whether BB’s contract, as matched, has positive value (I think it does). If they determine it does, then they should match. Hield’s contract is a secondary factor. Even if it has negative value (I think it does), so what? It’s not going to get better simply by not having BB and his contract around. There does not appear to be any tax problem on the horizon.

  9. KnickerbockerAl

    Always said Bogd was a better fit with Fox. I thought Buddy would be gone by now. Considering all the hype and rumors last year. I agree they can’t just let him walk. But it’s pretty dumb management let it get here. I was under impression they can match. And then trade him to whoever they wanted. Since a few teams expressed interest. I don’t get why Knicks weren’t in on this. He is young and fits our movement. And a better fit than Hayward. With all the stuff that went on on with Buddy. It makes more sense to move him. Let’s see what they do. Fox, Bogdanovic, Halliburton is a great three guard combo.

  10. KnickerbockerAl

    Oturu is a solid big. And can give them mins and ease the loss of Harrell. Oturu and Ibaka is better than just Harrell. And then Harrell is a great fit for AD n Bron.

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