Will leave, will not leave? The situation of Buddy Hield is known: the Pacers player wants to extend to Indiana but he and the franchise have not been able to reach an agreement. Result: as he is at the end of his contract in 2024, he has an exit voucher if a good offer comes to the leaders of Indianapolis.
Several teams have shown interest, notably Dallas, which cannot yet convince the Pacers, as training camp draws closer and begins next week. But deep down, do Indiana leaders really want to let go of the shooter?
“We would like to keep him and we have no intention of transferring him”
“Buddy is someone we love to have on our team,” assures Pacers GM, Chad Buchanan, for the Indy Star. “We want him to be with us this season. Business sometimes comes into play. We had discussions about an extension, which are currently at a standstill, but which have not been completed. We would like to keep him and we have no intention of transferring him. We want him to be there this season, to be important. But it’s also our job to listen for opportunities to advance our training. »
And Buddy Hield, what does he want? The Athletic recently explained that he was “open” to the idea of an exchange. So, could he totally be involved if he were to start the season at Indiana?
“He loves being a Pacer,” continues the leader. “He loves basketball no matter where he plays. He is in a situation where he is looking to settle in for the long term, like all players. It has to be the right situation for the team and for the player, on a sporting level or on the contract. I think Buddy will be professional and eager to play with us. He will join us, be good and we will see how things develop. »
|2016-17 *||All Teams||82||23||42.6||39.1||84.2||0.4||2.9||3.3||1.5||1.4||0.5||1.2||0.1||10.6|
|2021-22 *||All Teams||81||31||40.6||36.6||87.4||0.8||3.5||4.4||2.8||2.3||0.9||1.9||0.3||15.6|
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.