Warriors in talks with Buddy Hield in sign-and-trade deal with 76ers after Klay's departure

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Golden State Warriors are in “serious talks” with the Philadelphia 76ers about a sign-and-trade deal involving shooting guard Buddy Hield.

Charania noted that both sides were in “intense discussions” and working to “conclude” the deal.

Hield could serve as a replacement for Klay Thompson, as the five-time All-Star left the Warriors and joined the Dallas Mavericks in a sign-and-trade deal on Monday.

As part of the deal, Thompson received a three-year contract worth $50 million. Golden State also received cash and a second-round pick swap (via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski).

Hield began the 2023–24 season with the Indiana Pacers before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers before the February 8 trade deadline as part of a three-way deal that also included the San Antonio Spurs.

In a total of 84 appearances, he averaged 12.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game. He made 43.6 percent of his shots from the field and converted 38.6 percent of his 6.8 three-point attempts per night.

However, Hield did not finish the season strong with Philadelphia, averaging only 12.8 minutes per game during the 76ers' first-round loss in the 2024 playoffs. After the season, team president Daryl Morey admitted that the sharpshooter's signing did not work out.

“I think the fit wasn't as good as I thought it would be, and that wasn't Buddy's fault,” Morey said, according to USA Today's Ky Carlin. “Obviously he was without Joel most of the time, but I thought when Joel came back he would get more free throws because he had so much power and shooting ability, but that wasn't the case.”

Still, Hield should play a bigger role once the trade to the Warriors is complete. He has shined in extended minutes before, averaging over three long-range shots per game in five different seasons of his career.