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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  36 responses

DeMarcus Cousins’ Agent Seeks a Max Contract or a Trade


The Sacramento Kings’ new ownership and coaches have big plans for DeMarcus Cousins. And the young center is all for it, so long as he’s properly compensated. Cousins’ agent, Dan Fegan, wants his client to get rewarded with a max contract extension this summer … or else. Per the Sac Bee: “So how does Cousins feel about the Kings’ new regime? There was a pause, followed by a ‘no comment’ and a chuckle from the 22-year-old center, who’s entering his fourth season in the NBA. Cousins, who usually has a lot to say, is back in Sacramento this week, hosting the DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Camp for youths that began Wednesday and ends Friday. The smile on his face and the rolling of his eyes showed how hard it is for Cousins to play the silent role. But he has to. His agent, Dan Fegan, has instructed Cousins not to speak on anything relating to the Kings team, management or ownership. Cousins is eligible for a contract extension this summer, and Fegan wants a maximum deal for his client with the threat of a trade demand looming if a deal isn’t reached. So even with all the kind words thrown his way, Cousins is keeping quiet about the Kings. Cousins did post a congratulatory Twitter message to the city of Sacramento and Mayor Kevin Johnson once it became official the Kings would not relocate to Seattle.”

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  • Love The Game

    So 17pts and 10 rbs per game gives you leverage to demand a max contract now?? 16.3 and 9.8 for the career to be exact. I’m sorry man but I’m not giving anyone a hundred mil on potential. If I’m Kings management, you get up to 25 and 11 for a season and then come talk about that raise.

  • MUBWAR

    yes it does. I haven’t seen a PF/C so skilled and talented since 2008/09 Gasol. this man has a better potential than howard had 3 years ago(dwight just never improved)

  • Love The Game

    I see his skills man. No doubt. I may just be more results oriented. I just always feel you need to show more and earn that max contract. Instead of saying “hey, I could be the best big man in the game”, how about making some strides toward it and saying “I am the best big man in the game. Give me my money.”
    Maybe that’s the way it is today. Execs are scared to be the one to trade the next possible big thing. And then you end up with Joe Johnson and Rashard Lewis contracts. Slightly above average players with potential undeservedly getting elite money.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Not going to happen

  • Francis

    Well said.

  • spit hot fiyah

    joe johnson and rashard lewis were more than slightly above average. both were all-stars, joe multiple times. they were both vastly over paid though. and u are right, it’s a balancing act that GMs have to do sometimes. potentially overpaying or letting go of a guy that can turn into a star (hello presti)

    restricted free agency is a weapon though, if there is doubt, i don’t see why more teams don’t use it.

  • j.king-hoops

    i thought you had to meet a certain criteria to even be considered for a max deal. for example: 2x all star,2x all nba.

  • Mike Gilbert

    It’s less ridiculous than giving max money to Brandon Jennings

  • Mike Gilbert

    It’s that he deserves to get a max, it’s that he potentially could, which might be good enough for a team to pay him.

  • LakeShow

    This should be the Webster Merriam dictionary’s description for “Stupid.”

    .448 is not going to cut it for a Max Contract Center.

  • LakeShow

    Duh.

  • OfftheWall87

    So they want a trade.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Demarcus Cousins the absolute biggest idiot and immature jackass in the league wants a max contract well i guess it is about time the 2010 draft class starts to demand max deals or trades in their upcoming contract years this fool dont deserve nothing make an all-star team first then start demanding big money

  • JoeMaMa

    Demarcus Cousins somehow made the non-descript “no comment” sound childish and immature.

  • Max

    Not in todays economy, with the owners losing money…..


    Hold up..
    That doesn’t make any sense!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Max is not a blanket statement. Max for Demarcus Cousins is not the same thing as a Max for LeBron James. The Veteran Max is like 30% higher.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he is absolutely worth a max contract. $13M for Demarcus Cousins next season……considering DeAndre Jordan is gettin $10M, Roy Hibbert is getting $16M…..it makes perfect sense to give him a max.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lake, he’s not getting a “max” contract, he’s getting the max that a 4th year player can get without being eligible for “The Derrick Rose Rule”

  • LakeShow

    Either way, you know he’d be demanding a max if he was eligible.

  • RunNGun

    No max contract, no problem. To the Knicks… make it happen, Walsh!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if he was eligible, that means he won an MVP, or was on the 1st team twice, he sure would be worth it. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you do realize a max contract for Demarcus Cousins is like 8 million dollars less a season than what Rashard and Joe Johnson got………right?

  • LakeShow

    Really? That’s the new Max Contract stipulation?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s the Derrick Rose Rule

  • Love The Game

    I see you clarified that “max” is not an across the board level of pay. If we are talking max specifically for a 4th year player, I would concede that he could possibly demand that with his current level of play. He’s better than pretty much all of the bigs who have been in the league for a similar time. He could still be so much better though.

  • Love The Game

    The reference to Joe and Rashard was less about figures and more about the idea of paying someone on potential instead of production.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think that’s what really makes him worth it. He’s a top 10 big man, yet he hasn’t been anything close to how good he should be. And hasn’t experienced anything close to a stable situation. Give him those two things, and the money that comes with the responsibility he will inevitably be dealt….i think he’s definitely worth it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    when those two got those contracts they had each just had their best seasons as pro’s. i mean, at the time, the contracts were high, but they weren’t outrageous. It’s just the end of their contract that fell apart.

    .

    which has been the staple of max (or close to it) 28 year olds….watch,

    .
    Grant Hill
    Allan Houston
    Tracy McGrady
    Gilbert Arenas
    Rashard Lewis
    Joe Johnson
    Hedo Turkoglu
    Amar’e Stoudemire
    .
    That’s off the top of my head.

  • j.king-hoops

    o ok so the max for cousins would be like 5yr/$60mil type of deal?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that sounds about right. i think 5 years 66 million is the true “max” for a 4th year player.

  • Love The Game

    Time will tell. A little maturity. Possibly reach out to older guys like C Webb and suddenly you have an all-star.

  • LakeShow

    So how much is the most he can make?

  • LakeShow

    Never mind, I just read below.
    $66 over 5 years isn’t ludicrous given his talent.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Nathan Shane Long

    its always funny when players that play on bad teams demand max contracts

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