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Kings’ brass visit Alabama with DeMarcus Cousins’ big payday looming

Jul 5, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

In the last two years, a dozen players have posted 17 points and nine rebounds in a season. Here’s the list with the terms of each player’s most recent contract or extension in parentheses:

Cousins, whose salary was set by the rookie scale, stands out like a sore thumb. But given his production – he hit 17-9 in both of the last two years – Cousins, who’s eligible to sign an extension before the season or will become a free agent after it, is about to get paid.

That’s why, at a time many front-office personnel are jetting around the country in pursuit of free agents, the Kings are meeting with their own player. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro, coach Michael Malone and former NBA player Junior Bridgeman – a friend of new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive – visited center DeMarcus Cousins in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday to let Cousins know they consider him a cornerstone of the franchise’s future.

“DeMarcus is a really talented player and we look forward to him being a major part of this team,” D’Alessandro told Yahoo! Sports. “We want him to get better as a player and help him get there. That’s our mission. We love him in this role. I’m sure he’s excited about it.”

Cousins wants a max extension, and he might be worth it. But he can also be difficult for teammates and coaches to deal with, which makes committing so much to him dangerous.

However, players with his upside are rare, and the Kings won’t easily have an opportunity to replace his talent if they let another team pay him. If at some point they deem his mercurial personality not worth the trouble, there will be options to deal with that.

In the meantime, Sacramento’s new regime should make every effort to build a positive relationship with Cousins, giving both sides a chance to assess whether they trust the other in the long term, and appears to be what’s happening.

  1. dirtydavis - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    D. Cousins has better post skills than B. Lopez, D12 and Bynum and he has a chance to be one best Centers in today’s game, but this guy needs to get his head of his @$$

    • cmehustle - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Idk about Bynum dog. And Im a Nets fan so to see Lopez hurts but yet its probably true. But Bynum when healthy is a beast. Yea Bynum and healthy in the same sentence, I know.

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    He can be a headache, but you can tell he wants to win..

    Just like Rondo, he’s a hot head but only because he gets frustrated when his team sucks..

    He plays hard, and in the right situation he will dominate, be it the kings or another team

  3. htownred34 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Can easily be the best center in the game just needs to mature. If he was on a better team I think he would have matured by now…

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      It doesn’t help that he’s playing for one of the most dysfunctional franchises out there. Maybe it gets better under the new ownership but nobody can argue that team has been a mess since the CWebb days.

  4. acdc363 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Blake getting paid more than half the people under him is a joke! I wish I was in Kia commercials!

    • loubearkane - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      I didn’t call him that but he has potential to blow up and get tossed in every game , he has to get his emotions in check. If I was Sac I would have provisions in the contract to protect them in case he gets suspended or becomes a problem. a team opt out clause after 2 years . Max money is given to franchise players. The face of the franchise can’t blow up and get techs because he’s upset and now he has that reputation and refs will look for him. He has the talent to be dominant he has more talent than any other big man in the game. I hope he lives up to his great potential.

    • loubearkane - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      It’s ridiculous , how can someone who can’t hit a 15-18 footer get maxed

      • 3xchamps - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        see Dwight Howard!

      • gettinbuckets513 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        I’m sure you’ve never played because you sound like you don’t understand bball. As long as you are close to 7ft and can contribute i.e. rebounding, defending the rim etc, you don’t have to hit a 15 to 18 footer to IMPACT the game. There’s a reason that most of the championships in the history of the game have been led by big men. Did you know Russell only averaged 14 on under 50% shooting? You don’t understand basketball.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Dwight can’t even hit a free throw..his percentage actually declines each year lmao

  5. thomaskouns - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I wouldn’t want to be the GM to sign this guy to a guaranteed contract.

    If now he’s difficult to coach, a sometimes cancer in the locker room and his work ethic has been questioned how to do think he’ll be with big-time guaranteed money….

    • dirtydavis - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      D. Cousins is no cancer! D. Cousins gets along with his teammates, he ain’t no coach killer he doesn’t tank games nor does he throw his teammates under the bus. Soo— please define ” cancer in the locker room”

      • loubearkane - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        I didn’t call him that but he has potential to blow up and get tossed in every game , he has to get his emotions in check. If I was Sac I would have provisions in the contract to protect them in case he gets suspended or becomes a problem. a team opt out clause after 2 years . Max money is given to franchise players. The face of the franchise can’t blow up and get techs because he’s upset and now he has that reputation and refs will look for him. He has the talent to be dominant he has more talent than any other big man in the game. I hope he lives up to his great potential.

    • muhangis - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:12 AM

      The best center in the league next year, that’s why. And quit being so naïve to foolishly trust everything you hear in the media, you probably never even actually seen him play a game. But either way, you’re a blind judgmental idiot who knows too little in life.

  6. halfbaht - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Come to bean town!!!

  7. spideysdog - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    thomaskouns,

    pssssst, ALL NBA contracts are guaranteed. even the one Cousins is on now.

    I would be a hell of a lot more worried about handing 80-100 million to Howard (headcase), Bynum (injuries), Iguodala (age), and many others.

    Cousins may be a hothead, but he is consistent and getting better. take him off a joke team like the Kings and put him on the Clippers in place of Griffin and the Clips become notably better.

  8. loubearkane - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I didn’t call him that but he has potential to blow up and get tossed in every game , he has to get his emotions in check. If I was Sac I would have provisions in the contract to protect them in case he gets suspended or becomes a problem. a team opt out clause after 2 years . Max money is given to franchise players. The face of the franchise can’t blow up and get techs because he’s upset and now he has that reputation and refs will look for him. He has the talent to be dominant he has more talent than any other big man in the game. I hope he lives up to his great potential.

  9. loubearkane - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Blake Griffin (five years, $95 million) OVER RATED
    Dwight Howard (five years, $83,235,900) MULITIPLE PERSONALITIES
    David Lee (six years, $79,537,680) OVERPAID BY 25 mil
    LaMarcus Aldridge (five years, $65 million) FAIR CONTRACT
    Al Jefferson (five years, $65 million) OVERPAID
    Kevin Love (four years, $60,825,938) FAIR CONTRACT
    Al Horford (five years, $60 million) ATL has a great deal
    Josh Smith (five years, $58 million) OVER RATED
    Andrew Bynum (four years, $57.2 million) REALLY?
    Pau Gasol (three years, $57 million) WOW would rather pay MARC
    Tim Duncan (three years, $30 million) FAIR
    DeMarcus Cousins (four years, $15,800,134)

    Cousins should get 5 years 77 mil team option after 3 years

    • cmehustle - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      No way I sign that if Im him. Max me out or I walk. And he’s too talented to say no to, no matter what his tempermant.

  10. gilgraff - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    There better be a lot of conduct and attitude language in the contract that will cost him money and/or the entire contract if serious enough. These coaches and owners will stand up to Cousins and won’t baby him, he is either going to get with the program or play for another team.

    • muhangis - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      stfu.. you sound horribly queerishly lame, sorry

  11. starvingardens - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Man… management better get some really good guys to do some fact/background checking on him. It would suck to give him a max (or close to max) deal, and have him turn out like some guy in the NFL right now.

    I’m just sayin…

    • muhangis - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:15 AM

      You don’t think they’ve already done it (heard of the NBA draft) idiot! Don’t translate his hard passionate attitude as comparable to someone who’s capable of murder. Where do morons like you come from???

      Gtfo of here.. fool

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