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Report: Kings, DeMarcus Cousins to start talking contract extension

Jul 26, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

How big an extension would you give DeMarcus Cousins?

If you are paying on potential, he’s a max player no doubt. And if the Kings don’t give him the max this summer another team almost certainly will next summer when he is a restricted free agent. Then the Kings will match it and all that will be created is some ill will it didn’t get worked out before.

So it’s going to be a max or near max deal, and the Kings and Cousins agent (Dan Fegan) are going to sit down and talk about it soon, reports Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

Also expect the Kings to use their one five-year rookie contract extension on Cousins, so the offer will be five years around $80 million. The only questions are around things like player opt-outs (or team ones, but don’t bet on that).

Cousins spent the last week at the Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas. He reportedly performed much better than the year before (when veterans complained he “fouled the s— out of everybody” although in the big public exhibition game Thursday he was an unimpressive 2-of-7 from the floor.

Cousins averaged 17.7 points on 46.5 points a game last season with 9.9 rebounds a game. The new Kings management has done nothing but speak highly of Cousins and praise him. But what happens the first time no-nonsense coach Mike Malone — who has a fiery temper himself at times — gets on Cousins is going to be interesting.

  1. jackntorres - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I doubt he’s going to spend it on that new diet and fitness plan.

  2. biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Well based on the John Wall contract, he will probably be generously paid based on potential.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:23 AM

      except john wall actually showed that he could produce. Cousins has been below average for his whole (albeit young) career. He can’t shoot, yet he insists on doing so, he fouls quite a lot, and turns the ball over whenever he gets tired of missing 19 footers.

  3. sackings916 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    If he can get his head straight I believe he can be one of the best bigs in the nation. I’ve went to many Kings games last year and seen him dominate some of the high profile centers on playoff teams.

  4. reesesteel23 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Cousins averaged 17.7 points on 46.5 points a game last season

    Hmmm

    • chiadam - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Seems legit.

      Editing FTW.

    • artswarriorpaulminicucci - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Where are all the Kings haters, the guys who were tweeting and writing that the Kings would dump Cousins to their team? Why would the kings do that, well because… the Kings are not a real team and their team (wiz, Lakers, Bucks, Clippers, Knicks..and many more) are.

      The kings are gaining momentum. Don’t sleep on them.

      • dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Yawn

    • artswarriorpaulminicucci - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      17 and 10 rebounds last year, 18 ppg and 11 the year before. he’s had many 20 20 games (five I think) and a 30 and 20 game. Pretty rare.

  5. norcalkingsfan - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Well, time to grow the f*** up.

  6. arrowgargantuan - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Unstable.

    • norcalkingsfan - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Defenders’ ankles?

  7. legend30 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Glad to see Shaq working on Cousins game this off-season. This is the right direction for him to become matured. As for his contract, I can see something like 5 years for 80-85 million, due to his potential.

  8. muhangis - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    When given the mins, he’s the best center in the league period…. or a top 3 PF. The critical thing this article fails to mention, is the minimal playing time he receives – another stupid losing decision by the Kings.

    His #’s went slightly down last year than the year before, w/ the same 30.5 mpg.

    Just 21 yrs old in ’11-’12, his avg’s were: 18.1 pts, 11.0 rebs, and 1.5 steals per game. Doing that in just a avg. 30.5 mpg is so superb it’s absurd!

    People need to understand a thing about productivity and stats in basketball.

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