We Kings fans all know that professional sports is more about $ (moolah, samoloans, cash, bread, green, dough, Dead Prez, etc) than truly anything else. For the NBA - the three biggest markets in the U.S. are, of course, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The only successful franchise from a won/loss standard right now of those 5 teams in those 3 markets is the beloved Los Angeles Clippers.
These teams spread the wealth to the players - Brooklyn's ? $150M, $180M payroll this year is testament to that. These cities demand winners (which makes you scratch your head in regards to the Knicks in particular) and they will mortgage futures because they feel they can always make it up on the back end. Draft picks are great, but they take time and these markets, fans, and owners don't understand time beyond the here and now. The Patience Preacher does not get air time in these places.
This makes the logic of signing our very own DeMarcus Cousins such a heady move. Rather than argue his value - he is without argument a stat stuffer this season but he has yet to show that he is making a difference in the won/lost column. The playoffs are no closer this season with his improved play and stats than it was last season. Again - that is not the argument here. My statement is that GM Pete D'Alessandro has shown of his Vivek acclaimed chess strategy by owning all of the market shares of DMC stock. Given that those other 4 heavy walleted teams are bereft of future talent (not as much Chicago but the future for Derrick Rose is Gilbert Arenas shaky at worst, a healthier non bone on bone Brandon Roy at best) and their current talent is unproductive, had Cousins been allowed to become an RFA this summer I believe that the pressure to trade (read: sign and trade) would be very different.
We can't know if that would change the stats, production and attitude of The Big Pout (I am Dr. O'Neal-ing this moniker) but with his agent in his ear and the rest of the League buzzing about his game, 2014 would be approached this February and the summer with a substantive skew.
I am giving PeteyD my first, on the first of January, head nod of approval, two seconds ahead. From you, my fellow StR-ers: Do you agree that this looks like a calculated risk that paid off, a lucky break that seems to make sense, or that he still should have waited, DMC gets a bit more max money (and probably a 5 year deal) or so what? trade him for something else (which can still happen, of course)? Do you see the future differently (pre or post lottery)