The Sacramento Kings have wrapped up their franchise player for the long term. According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings and center DeMarcus Cousins have agreed to terms on a contract extension worth four years and $62 million.
There is no early termination option on the deal, which will take effect at the start of the 2014-2015 season. Cousins is entering the final season of a four-year, $15.8 million deal, and 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 young centers in the game.
“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.”