Sacramento Kings big man, DeMarcus Cousins, has found himself in the middle of a highly publicized contract negotiation.
The two time NBA All Star signed a four year contract in 2013 with the with the Kings. The contract ostensibly keeps Cousins a King through the 2017-18 NBA season. Now, however, reports have the Kings and Cousins agreeing to a five year extension that would keep Cousins a King through the 2022-2023 season and also possibly see his salary account for 35 percent of the allotted team salary for the franchise, which will be over $100 million next year.
“The two sides have tossed around numbers and . . . barring a late change in direction by either side, Cousins intends to sign a massive, max-money extension, estimated at roughly $207 million during the offseason that will keep the big man in a Kings uniform long-term,” reported CSN California reporter, James Ham.
Cousins, who many believe is the most talented center in the NBA, has never made the NBA playoffs and many believe that it is due to his being emotionally volatile and sometimes difficult to coach. Others argue that the reason for the personal success but team failure of Cousins is due to the Kings franchise not putting quality coaches and players around him.
As the rumors of the Cousins contract swirled, the Sacramento media questioned whether “Boogie” Cousins was worth the money and the trouble. Cousins jokingly confronted Sacramento Bee columnists Ailene Voisin and Andy Furillo about whether the Kings should extend him. Furillo answered honestly that it was not his call but that it was probably not the best move for the franchise.