Buddy Hield chose the Warriors over the Lakers because of their chance of winning – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

The Warriors' alleged signing of Buddy Hield was also a humiliating blow for a division rival interested in signing the accurate guard.

Hield ultimately chose Golden State over the Los Angeles Lakers because he believed the Warriors offered him a better chance of winning, Shams Charania, Anthony Slater and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reported Thursday.

The Warriors acquired Hield in a sign-and-trade deal from the Philadelphia 76ers, in which Golden State returned one of the second-round draft picks it received in a sign-and-trade deal from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Klay Thompson.

With both Golden State and Los Angeles looking to rebuild their rosters after the 2023-24 season fell short of expectations for both teams, the Warriors had the upper hand over the Lakers in the Hield lottery.

While Golden State is still a long way from its status as an NBA superpower, Hield's vote of confidence in the Warriors' ability to compete well into the future is an encouraging endorsement as the Bay Area enters the post-Big Three era.

After signing veteran forward Kyle Anderson and two-way guard De'Anthony Melton, Golden State is on an upswing and the Warriors are looking to capitalize on the remaining years of Steph Curry's illustrious career.

With the signing of Hield, Golden State now has two of the NBA's most dangerous 3-point shooters, a recipe that has brought the Warriors plenty of success over the past decade.

In addition to Hield's reputation as a supreme shooter, the 31-year-old also brings tremendous consistency to the Bay Area, missing only five games in his eight-year NBA career.

For now, Hield's decision to ditch the Lakers in favor of the Warriors at least provides fodder for friendly banter between the two fan bases as the renowned franchises battle to get back to the top of the NBA in a crowded Western Conference.

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