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Cousins Reportedly Plans to Sign Kings' Offer
Tuesday, Jan. 10
According to James Ham of CSN California, Cousins is planning 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."
As ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported on Jan. 7, sources said the Kings are hoping to take advantage of the new collective bargaining agreement's designated-player rule to offer Cousins a $200 million extension.
Cousins Remains League's Best Center
Cousins is in the midst of another dominant season, as he will enter his next game Friday averaging a career-high 28.0 points to go along with 10.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
The two-time All-Star has put up at least 22 points and 11 rebounds per contest in three consecutive campaigns, establishing himself as one of the NBA's elite big men.
That hasn't yet led to much team success, though the 16-22 Kings enter Wednesday's slate of games in a virtual tie with the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Sacramento would likely receive a huge haul if it were to trade Cousins, but finding another player of his caliber would be virtually impossible.
In addition, Cousins' comments on NBA TV on Jan. 4 suggested he wants to continue his career in Sacramento (via Shahbaz Khan of the team's official website): "If you were to ask me, I think my jersey will be hanging in the rafters when I retire in Sacramento. ... My only concern is winning games every night and pushing this team to the next level."
The 7-footer gives the Kings an advantage over most other teams thanks to his dominance in the paint, but Sacramento is lacking in terms of a supporting cast.
If the Kings can add other quality pieces via the draft, trades or free agency, locking in Cousins may be their best hope of long-term success.
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