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NBA free agency rumors: Warriors working on signing Buddy Hield

The Golden State Warriors may not have landed the big fish they were hoping for in Paul George, but they could settle for the man George replaces. Late Tuesday night, a surprising report came from Shams Charania of The Athletic: The Warriors are close to agreeing to terms with sharpshooter Buddy Hield and are working on a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Hield would play a big role in replacing some of the shooting power lost with the departure of Klay Thompson, who agreed to a three-year, $50 million sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Hield is one of the league's best three-point shooters, shooting 38.6% from beyond the arc last year, 42.5% the year before, and 40.0% for his career overall. He's not the league's leading scorer – he averaged just 12.1 points per game last year – but he averaged 18.2 points just two years ago. He moves very well without the ball, so he'll likely fit well into the Warriors' system.

It's unclear what the Warriors will have to give up to get Hield or what contract they will sign, so we'll have to monitor the situation. But it's safe to say that after the disappointment of losing Thompson for very little and releasing Chris Paul, the Warriors have rebounded very nicely by signing Kyle Anderson, De'Anthony Melton and now possibly Buddy Hield.

If the Warriors sign the 76ers and Hield, I would expect the eight-year veteran, who has played for four NBA teams, to come off the bench to bring new offensive momentum to a second unit that has struggled for the most part in recent years.