Posted September 27, 2013

Reports: Kings, DeMarcus Cousins agree to terms on 4-year, $62 million extension

Ben Golliver, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Malone, Pete D'Alessandro, Sacramento Kings, Vivek Ranadive
(Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

DeMarcus Cousins (center) averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Kings last season. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

The Kings and center DeMarcus Cousins have agreed to terms on a four-year, $62 million maximum rookie contract extension, according to the Sacramento Bee and Yahoo! Sports. The deal does not include any player or team options, USA Today Sports reports.

Cousins, 23, averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals for the Kings last season, his third with the team. The No. 5 pick in the 2010 draft after going one-and-done at Kentucky, Cousins’ PER of 20.2 ranked in the top 10 among centers last season.

The extension will kick in for the 2014-15 season and run through the 2017-18 season. Cousins will make $4.9 million in the final year of his rookie contract in 2013-14. Once his new deal kicks in, Cousins will be one of the league’s highest-paid centers.

The Point Forward ranked Cousins No. 53 on our Top 100 Players of 2014 list and earlier this summer The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney wrote that Cousins was deserving of a max rookie extension despite his immaturity and limitations as a defender.

One of the league’s most volatile players, Cousins received a league-leading 15 technical fouls last season. His list of run-ins with the NBA league office and referees was a long one: he was suspended two games for a post-game incident with Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott, he was suspended one game for a low blow on Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo, he was suspended for one game by the Kings for “unprofessional behavior,” he was ejected for delivering a flagrant foul 2 to Mavericks guard/forward Vince Carter,  he was ejected for arguing with the officials at halftime of a game against the Jazz and he was ejected for a flagrant elbow to Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy.

Although Cousins’ deal is reportedly for maximum money, it does not extend for a full five-year term, meaning Sacramento still possesses its “designated player” extension for potential use on another player.

The obvious comparison points for this extension are the four-year, $58 million deal signed by Pacers center Roy Hibbert and the four-year, $61 million deal signed by Nets center Brook Lopez. Both deals were completed last summer.

While Cousins has had discipline issues and squabbles with his coaches throughout his tenure in Sacramento, new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive made it clear that locking up his franchise center would be a top priority this summer. Cousins will play for Michael Malone this season, marking his third coach since 2011.

Having missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, Sacramento clearly reached the conclusion that life with Cousins was preferable to live without him. Financially, the Kings are in a position where they can easily be under the salary cap in Year 1 of Cousins’ extension and their current commitments past the 2014-15 season are very limited.

Cousins joins Wizards guard John Wall, Bucks center Larry Sanders and Pacers forward Paul George among 2010 picks to agree to terms on rookie extensions so far this summer.

7 comments
MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Hell Yes! I do not care what people say about D-MAC he is a immensely talented Big Man that can Hit 15+ Foot Shots with ease & will only get better. But on the other side, his Defense is not very good, he can be inconsistent but this Deal will give our KINGS 4 Yr's to see if he can Mature an Up his Game which I believe he can. This Deal was a Literal Steal cause a Big Man that Can play Offense like COUSINS are Few & Far between. The Clock Has Started Now.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

He is a hell of a player. But, the last thing SAC should have done is extend him. Armed with an extension, he essentially has a blank check for his immaturity from ownership. No coach or other player will ever have that backing and Cousins will either grow up or take the team down with him...I'm betting on an entertaining train wreck

gabriel.cheney
gabriel.cheney

Well I have to say that was stupid. The most penalized player in the game and I have never seen a man of his size cry as much as this guy does. The only time that this man is good for a team is when he is suspended. On the court you run a liability of technicals and some very stupid fouls. Well I guess if the kings have to fish at the bottom of the barrel they did the right thing. NOT

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

Extended Cousins sounds about right for Sac-town. That place is a dumpster 

BPWestover
BPWestover

Choo Choo, here comes the crazy train!!  Hold on this could be a very bumpy 4 years. 

muser
muser

Train wreck coming....

SteveMehlman
SteveMehlman

@Voiceover310 must be from Seattle.  It's a new day in Sacramento.  Cousins will need to grow up, but if he does, watch out NBA.