DeMarcus Cousins’ time with the Sacramento Kings has been hectic to say the least.
He has certainly shown the talent that warranted his being the 5th overall pick in the 2010 draft, averaging essentially 17 points and 10 rebounds a game last year. But with that has come a number of incidents – both on-court and off-court – that had many wondering if his talent was worth keeping him around.
With his rookie contract coming to an end soon, the kind of extension the Kings would give their young big man (or if they would give him one at all) had been a hot topic across the league. Last night, the Kings decided that the talent was worth the potential trouble, giving Cousins a max extension.
To be accurate: DeMarcus Cousins’ extension with the Kings is a four year, $62 million max deal, sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 27, 2013
According to Wojnarowski, the deal
“Will include no early termination option, which could’ve been possible after the third year of the deal, a source said.”
Wojnarowski also included this detail in his story on the deal.
“New Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has grown fond of Cousins and his prodigious talent, and was determined to agree to the extension before the start of training camp next week, sources said.
The Kings are hoping that a new regime – including owner, GM and coach – will provide the organizational structure to help him mature into a legitimate franchise player.”
While 62 million dollars is a ton of money to commit to any player, the risk is greater when taking Cousins’ history into consideration. Despite Cousins’ past, I think the deal is a good one for the Kings. Players with Cousins’ talent don’t come around often, and it may be worth a few hitches along the way to keep him around as you try to rebuild.
Get that money, DeMarcus.