The Sacramento Kings and big man DeMarcus Cousins were reportedly engaged in contractual talks for the past few days and ESPN’s Marc Stein recently suggested that the two sides could come to an agreement prior to the start of training camp.
That’s exactly what they did as the Kings and Cousins have agreed on a four year extension worth over $60 million dollars.
The news was originally broken by the Sacramento Bee, who said Cousins’ extension would be worth $64 million dollars:
The Kings have reached an agreement on a contract extension with center DeMarcus Cousins for four years worth approximately $64 million.
The most Cousins was eligible for under the collective bargaining agreement was five years and $80 million.
However, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski hinted the contract is worth just a bit less, actually $62 million. Wojo also suggested that it’s a straight four year deal and that there are no player or team options.
Sacramento had until October 31st to extend the temperamental Cousins, and had they chose not to do so would have been able to match any contract offer he received following the upcoming season as a restricted free agent. However, the new ownership was willing to show commitment to Cousins, something they now hope they’ll receive in return.
Cousins will be signed through the 2017-2018 season.