The Kings are getting set to make DeMarcus Cousins the highest paid player in franchise history. According to a report by Comcast’s James Ham, the Kings will be offering Cousins a max extension this summer (no surprise) but more importantly, Cousins intends to accept the offer and remain with the Kings rather than test Free Agency. The new deal would keep Cousins in a Kings uniform through the 2022-23 season and will likely total above $200 million in total.
Cousins has repeatedly stated that he wants to remain in Sacramento for the long haul, but with the franchise in continued disarray (the team has still not managed to win more than 33 games in Cousins’ seven seasons), free agency had to look a little tempting, especially when there wasn’t much more financial incentive for him to stay in Sacramento. Now, with the new CBA and the new “designated player exception” rule, the Kings will be able to offer Cousins more years and money to remain in Sacramento, making it an easier decision all around.
Cousins is just 26 years old right now and having his best season to date, averaging 28.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes a game. He’ll only be 31 when the deal expires.
Best of all, this will give the Kings time. No longer is there a strict timeline in which the Kings have to operate as they will no longer face the threat of having to trade Cousins or lose him for nothing in Free Agency. It’s now on the Kings to put a winning team around him, something they haven’t been able to do so far.
Like it or not, DeMarcus Cousins is set to be a Sacramento King for a long time.