The Sacramento Kings have signed DeMarcus Cousins to a four year contract extension.
DeMarcus Cousins new contract comes on the heels of the Kings announcing Shaquille O’Neal’s minority ownership in the team. One of the O’Neal’s main responsibilities with the Kings is to play mentor to Cousins.
O’Neal’s mentorship must be working, DeMarcus Cousins’ four year extension with the Kings is worth a reported $62 million. That’s not money a team gives to someone they don’t believe has their act together.
The new contract also signifies the Kings plan to make Cousins a focal point of the team’s future. At only 23-years-old, his talent is undeniable and Sacramento thinks the risk is worth the reward.
Since being drafted by the Kings with the fifth overall pick in 2010, Cousins has earned a reputation as lazy and boorish. Still, over his there seasons he has averaged 16.3 points per game while averaging 9.8 steals per game.
DeMarcus Cousins’ contract extension with the Sacramento Kings should make fans of the much maligned franchise very happy. Once an NBA powerhouse, Sacramento hasn’t had a winning season since 2006 and barely escaped relocation to Seattle last year.
A Seattle based group put together an offer to buy the Kings and bring basketball back to the city. At the last minute a Sacramento based group came together and outbid them. Now Sacramento just needs a new arena and it’s basketball future looks bright.
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