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Report: DeMarcus Cousins gets his 4-year max contract extension with Kings

Sep 27, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

The new ownership of the Sacramento Kings has made it clear that they want to build their franchise around DeMarcus Cousins (have fun with that), and a player with his skill set, despite his considerable baggage, will command in the neighborhood of a max contract when the time comes.

Talks were reportedly underway this week, and a deal was expected as soon as the start of training camp, which will open in Sacramento on Sept. 30.

It now appears that things may be wrapped up even sooner.

From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the deal is a four-year, $62 million max extension, with no opt-out after year three.

From a franchise front office perspective, there’s still no good argument for handing out these max extensions a year before they become necessary.

If the Kings and Cousins didn’t agree on an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline to do so, Sacramento would have been able to match any offer Cousins would receive at the end of the season by making him a restricted free agent.

The Kings could still have given Cousins a max contract at that point after an additional season of evaluation, if that was their choice. But with the emotional wreck that Cousins has proven to be on the court in his NBA career thus far, it’s probably wise to remove the distraction of a new contract from the equation as soon as possible. For better or worse, that appears to be the decision that’s been made in Sacramento.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    DeFenslus Cloggins’ contract just ruined the Kings for the foreseeable future.

    • ranfan12 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      But to be fair, Shaq is now owing up to his word on mentoring Cousin’s. Could provide beneficial to both Cousins and the Kings. That decision had to be boosted with Shaq coming on board lol

  2. grapenutz08 - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    by getting it done now, Kings avoid having a media day full of questions about when it would happen. In 3 yrs hes going to be the best big in basketball (you heard it here first)

  3. rickyspanish - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    “have fun with that”

    I hope he proves you wrong. Cynicism is a nasty trait to have.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Hope isn’t a business strategy…

    • zerole00 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Blind optimism isn’t exactly great either. If DC had shown any hints of maturing it’d be a different matter, he hasn’t. This contract is essentially a roll of the dice.

  4. nickbrezzy - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Nooooooo ! He was pose to come to dc and play with John wall

  5. edwardemanuelson - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    I am fan of DMC, and stats wise, he deserved a raise. Max player? No way. The guy needs an attitude adjustment. It’s too bad that his talents are going to go to waste with such a terrible team. I hope I’m wrong.

  6. thomaskouns - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Great article on Grantland last month that extensively scouted Demarcus and pointed out that despite the hype he gets:

    1) one of the worst defensive centers in the league when it comes to man to man and that his rebounding numbers are very misleading.
    2) his plus/minus is atrocious
    3) essentially despite his many physical gifts, he still doesn’t know how to play the game, often hurts his team more than helps and his statistics are a mirage but fans and many in the media have bought the hype without watching the tape..

    Potential is only that unless you capitalize on it. With his gauranteed contract we’ll see who the real Demarcus is……

  7. jda247 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Hope they got him for pennies on the dollar

  8. papichulo55 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    No doubt that his new boss, Shaq, will get in his ear about being Dominant. Lets hope he respects Shaq, himself, and basketball to listen. He could be a key part of the resurgence of old-school, Big Man basketball.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Unfortunately, having a giant human being mumble things like “barbecue chicken” and “dominate” doesn’t help basketball production.

      • paleihe - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        Really though, who can say no to barbecue chicken?

  9. artswarriorpaulminicucci - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    During the last six months almost every homey pundit and fan was telling the Kings what they should do to trade Cousins away. I heard from this guy”he’s coming to Pelicans (fill in the blank) ” or “one pundit had DMC and a first rounder to Clippers for deAndre Jordan. Heard the Drummonds and what-all. Always with a no-talent player on the other end. Sorry folks to ruin your wet dream.

    So now people can’t get him, we will hear how bad he is. Old news dudes. DMC showed a lot of signs he is maturing. He will be the best and most productive big man in the league within three years.

    At least we won’t have to hear all these ridiculous trade proposals from dim-witted fans. DMC will be in Sacramento for a long time. I could give you the counter stats. There are a rare few who can put up 18 and 11 averages over last two years and several 30 and 20 games. Does he have a lot to learn. Oh yeah. He is a terrible defender at the moment,but with his athletic abilities and better team-mates he is destined to be a 20 and 10 fixture and a “good” defender. I have spoken to this guy and all the portrayals described within are just plain wrong. He is a lot smarter than you think and more pleasant. You should see him with kids, lots of smiles from everyone.

    Nice thing about sports is,production is production. You can hate someone all you want but the good ones eventually rise. There is no other 23 NBA player this good. He is unique. So, have your laughs, it won’t be long before that particular set of misconceptions will be gone.

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