DeMarcus Cousins and Kings Agree to 4-Year, $62 Million Extension
Well, the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors can certainly stop now.
The polarizing Sacramento Kings big man was constantly in the middle of trade talk last season, but the team has locked him up with an extension.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 30
The Kings made it official on Monday at their media day (via Kings Twitter feed):
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night:
To be accurate: DeMarcus Cousins' extension with the Kings is a four year, $62 million max deal, sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 27, 2013
No early termination option in the Cousins agreement, league source tells Y! Sports. It's a full four-year deal, no opt-out after three.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 27, 2013
Cousins' talent is undeniable. The 23-year-old has averaged 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks in 29.8 minutes per contest during his three-year career.
Last season, he averaged 17.1 points on a career-high 46.5 percent shooting to go with 9.9 boards.
At 6'11" and 270 pounds, he is a dangerous blend of power and agility, often showcasing an ability to do certain things on the court that players his size shouldn't be capable of. However, dating back to his one year with Kentucky, his career has been marred by mental problems and character concerns.
DeMarcus Cousins has the talent to be one of the most dominant centers in the league as long as he stays focused on basketball, keeps his temper in control and stays out of trouble.
It appears as though the Kings are confident he can do just that.
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