DeMarcus Cousins is already a rich man, but he’ll be even richer very soon.
According to CSN, Cousins is planning to re-sign with the Sacramento Kings in the near future, and it could come as soon as next offseason by extending his current deal, and it will be massive.
CSN California has confirmed through a league source that the two sides have tossed around numbers and that 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.
$207 million is quite a bit of dough, but in today’s NBA, Cousins has certainly earned whatever the maximum contract is. The NBA salary cap has continued to rise, and that number is about what players can sign for in terms of max extensions with their current club, but not with other teams.
The NBA is trying to make it more beneficial financially for players to stay with their current teams and not leave to form super-teams like the Warriors, Cavaliers, and Heat have recently.
Speaking of, Warriors forward Draymond Green seems to think Cousins is worthy of massive extension based on his recent praise of the Kings’ big man.
"A lot of times, people don't give him that credit. They try to downplay his status because of his reputation," Green said after Cousins notched 17 points, 10 boards, five dimes, two steals, and two blocks Sunday. "He's the best big man in the game, hands down."
Cousins is posting career numbers in his seventh season in the league, averaging 28 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 34.5 minutes per game. He’s well on his way to another berth in the NBA All-Star Game, as well as some All-NBA honors.
"He's so incredibly talented. He's skilled," Green said of Cousins. "He can shoot the three now. He's always had the mid-range. He's taking guys off the dribble. He's pushing it fullcourt, getting to the hole, getting and-ones, going to the post. He's dominant. He's an incredible player and he continues to get better year in and year out regardless of what credit people try to take from him."
And as bad as Sacramento has been for all of Cousins’ career there, they have made incremental progress this season. Cousins also seems to enjoy new Kings head coach Dave Joerger, which could help factor into Cousins’ plans to re-sign.
Let’s just hope that the Kings continue to become a more stable franchise and build a good foundation around Cousins, as well as fellow UK alum Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein.