DeMarcus Cousins Reportedly ‘On Course’ To Receive Extension From Kings

by September 24, 2013

Paul George, John Wall and Larry Sanders have already removed their names from the 2014 Restricted Free Agent market by inking extensions, and it looks like DeMarcus Cousins will eventually follow suit. From “Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is on course to see his contract extended before the Oct. 31 extension deadline for 2010 first-round picks, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Two sources told that Cousins could actually have a deal wrapped up before the Kings open training camp next week in Santa Barbara, Calif. …Cousins is said to be seeking a five-year max deal in the $80 million range that teams can award their designated franchise players, as already seen with Wall in Washington and soon to be repeated this week with George in Indiana. Yet it remains to be seen where the Kings and Cousins end up on contract terms after the 23-year-old’s three up-and-down seasons in Sacramento. Cousins has averaged 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while frequently flashing his unique gifts for a player his size, but he has also led or been near the league lead in fouls committed throughout a career marked by defensive struggles. Cousins’ volatility has likewise resulted in multiple suspensions, including a team-imposed ban last December for what the Kings termed unprofessional behavior.”