Warriors finalize trade with Buddy Hield after Klay Thompson leaves

The Warriors have locked down a potential replacement for Klay Thompson.

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

Hield is receiving a guaranteed deal worth two years and $21 million, which includes a player option during the fourth year.

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

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

Playing for the Indiana Pacers and 76ers last year, Hield averaged 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while starting in 42 games.

Notably, Hield played in 84 contests, the most among all NBA players in 2023-24 due to a midseason trade.

In addition to his durability, the Oklahoma player is also renowned for his sharp shooting ability.

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

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

In fact, since entering the NBA in 2016, Hield’s 40.0 percent conversion rate from downtown ranks 17th among players who have made 1,000 or more 3 attempts.

In terms of pure volume, Hield's 1,924 triples are the second-most in the league over the past eight seasons, trailing only his new teammate, Steph Curry.

Klay Thompson will no longer be playing at The Bay. AP

Earlier this week, the Warriors turned the page on a crucial chapter in the franchise's history with the departure of Thompson, who helped lead the team's dynasty in the late 2010s.

Following Thompson's move to the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State acquired 30-year-old shooting guard Kyle Anderson from the Minnesota Timberwolves on a three-year, $27 million contract and 26-year-old guard De'Anthony Melton on a one-year, $12.8 million contract.

Steve Kerr has made changes to his team after losing 13-year veteran Thompson. Getty Images

The Warriors appear to have most of their core players in place for the 2024-25 season, particularly complementary players to Curry and Draymond Green, but the team could still compete for a more significant move — such as trading for Lauri Markkanen of the Jazz.

The new-look Golden State team is looking to bounce back from a 46-36 mark last season, missing the playoffs for the third time in the last five years.

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