Warriors finalize Buddy Hield trade after Klay Thompson’s departure

The Warriors have secured a potential replacement for Klay Thompson.

On Thursday, multiple outlets reported that Golden State would acquire 31-year-old guard Buddy Hield in a sign-and-trade deal with the 76ers.

Hield will receive a two-year, $21 million guaranteed contract that also includes a player option for the fourth year.

The Warriors will give up a 2031 second-round pick to Philadelphia to complete the transaction.

The Warriors will become Hield’s fifth NBA team. AP

While playing for the Indiana Pacers and 76ers last year, Hield averaged 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and started 42 games.

Notably, Hield played in 84 games, a number that led all NBA players in 2023-24 due to the midseason trade.

In addition to its durability, the Oklahoma product is renowned for its shooting accuracy.

Hield’s 3-point percentage has been at least 36.6 percent throughout every season of his career.

Curry and Hield have been two of the best deep shooters in the league over the past eight seasons. AP

In fact, since entering the NBA in 2016, Hield’s 40.0 percent conversion rate from three-point range is tied for 17th among players with 1,000 or more 3-point attempts.

In terms of pure volume, Hield’s 1,924 career 3-pointers are the second-most in the league over the past eight seasons, behind only his new teammate, Steph Curry.

Klay Thompson will no longer play for The Bay. AP

Earlier this week, the Warriors turned the page on a historic chapter in the franchise with the departure of Thompson, who helped engineer the team’s dynasty in the late 2010s.

With Thompson headed to the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State has since acquired 30-year-old guard Kyle Anderson (on a three-year, $27 million contract) from the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as 26-year-old guard De’Anthony Melton on a one-year deal worth $12.8 million.

Steve Kerr has reshuffled his roster after losing 13-year veteran Thompson. fake images

The Warriors appear to have filled out much of their core for the 2024-25 season, especially complementary players to Curry and Draymond Green, but the team could still compete for a bigger move, such as trading for Lauri Markkannen from the Jazz.

The revamped Golden State is looking to bounce back after finishing last season with a 46-36 record and missing the playoffs for the third time in five years.

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