The Kings are close to wrapping up their franchise player for the long term.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins are close to a contract extension, which could be signed before training camp begins next week.
Cousins is entering the final season of a four-year, $15.8 million deal, but the deadline for an extension is Oct. 31.
The Kings’ new ownership and management is very high on Cousins, viewing him as the cornerstone of the franchise.
“He’s an unbelievable talent,” said newly-hired GM Pete D’Alessandro earlier this offseason. “I can’t speak more highly about him as a player. I will be getting in touch with him, for sure. He’s unbelievable. He’s a very important part of what we’re looking to do.”
Cousins averaged 20.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in 75 games last season, and is one of the best centers in the game.
Unfortunately, he has a bad reputation for his quick temper and immaturity.
From arguing with referees to elbowing players to disrespecting head coaches, Cousins has pretty much done everything that is humanly possible to ruin his image.
But there is no denying that he is extremely talented, and if everything clicks, could become a dominant force in the NBA, which is why the Kings need to do all they can to keep him and help him mature.
“It’s something I already knew but I’m glad it’s being said,” Cousins said when asked about being the face of the Kings. “So I’m going to take my opportunity and I’m going to do my (darn) best to lead this team to win.”