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Buddy Hield joins Golden State Warriors in the wake of Klay Thompson’s departure

Free agent Buddy Hield is joining the Golden State Warriors on a sign-and-trade deal. The deal guarantees Hield two years and $18 million. It includes a $3 million partial guarantee in the third year and a player option on a non-guaranteed fourth year. As part of the trade, the Warriors will send the Sixers a 2031 second-round pick via Dallas.

The sign-and-trade agreement, which requires a minimum of three years, offers the Warriors flexibility due to the small guarantee on the third year of Hield’s contract. The move follows the departure of Klay Thompson, a key figure of the Warriors franchise for the past decade, aiming to strengthen the Warriors’ perimeter shooting. They have also added DeAnthony Melton and Kyle Anderson to their roster.

Buddy Hield and Stephen Curry are two of the NBA’s top three-point shooters, leading the league in made three-pointers over the last five seasons. Hield has made 1,322 three-pointers, while Curry has made 1,264.