The Sacramento Kings made their second major splash of the free-agent season, agreeing to terms on a four-year contract with Kosta Koufos. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the deal is worth $33 million and includes a player option after the third year.
On July 13 Koufos officially inked his deal. The Kings tweeted out a photo:
Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
Koufos inks his Kings contract! http://t.co/USMi9PGwLK2015-7-14 02:00:34
The 26-year-old big man averaged 5.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks a game for the Memphis Grizzlies last year. According to NBA.com, the Grizzlies had a 94.8 defensive rating when he was on the court, compared to 102.5 with him off it.
The biggest immediate question is how Koufos will fit into Sacramento's rotation. SB Nation's Tom Ziller foresees some lineup headaches for head coach George Karl in the future:
Perhaps the front office envisions Cauley-Stein and Koufos playing similar roles and partnering up with Cousins on the floor. Their defense-first style meshes well with Cousins' more offensive-minded game.
As ESPN's Amin Elhassan noted, though, getting everybody enough playing time won't be easy:
Chillin in my Bacta @AminESPN
Don't get me wrong: that's great value deal for Koufos. But was that a need? Can you keep everyone happy with playing time?2015-7-5 03:13:42
The New York Post's Tim Bontemps looks at the signing as a major blow to one of the Kings' division rivals, which you could count in Sacramento's favor:
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
With Kosta Koufos now off the board, stand by what I said yesterday: Clippers won't make the playoffs next year. West is just too stacked.2015-7-5 03:08:13
The Kings have been rightfully criticized for some of their offseason business so far, but paying Koufos $8.25 million a year is a fairly reasonably sum given his defensive capabilities. His contract figure will look much less daunting when the salary cap rises next summer.
Maybe Sacramento also views Koufos as a bit of insurance in case the doomsday scenario—Cousins forcing a trade—happens. Koufos could also be trade bait for another team looking for a rim-protector down the line.