NBA rumors have the Sacramento Kings giving DeMarcus Cousins a nice long-term contract extension. By the Kings locking up Cousins, it keeps him from becoming a restricted free agent at the end of the next NBA season. According to a report from ESPN late Thursday (Sept. 26), it is a four-year max deal that he has received. He was eligible for five years, but apparently the two sides have settled on the four-year extension.
This new contract will make the embattled big man very rich. Those four additional seasons will pay him $15 million on average, putting him among elite company when it comes to recent paydays. From his draft class (2010), Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George recently received five-year max deals. All three teams wanted to lock up their best assets, but now it could be interesting to see what Cousins can do for his new ownership.
For fantasy basketball owners, this contract certainly makes Cousins more worthy of a high pick in upcoming drafts. The team has invested a lot of money in making sure that he is on the court and ready to play. With new minority owner Shaquille O'Neal on board as well, maybe Cousins can finally take that path to stardom that his talent has laid out for him. This contract makes him a player to keep a close eye on in training camp and it might finally end all the NBA rumors about the Sacramento Kings trying to trade him.
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