DeMarcus Cousins reportedly 'on course' to receive contract extension with Kings


The Sacramento Kings are ready to extend talented but troubled big man DeMarcus Cousins, according to a report.

The Sacramento Kings see a future with talented center DeMarcus Cousins, and ESPN's Marc Stein reports that they are "on course" to hand the big man a contract extension despite all of his flaws. Sources tell Stein that the Kings could have Cousins extended from his rookie contract by the Oct. 31 deadline and as soon as training camp, which begins in a week.

Cousins' signature would make him the fourth member of the 2010 rookie class to have signed an extension. John Wall and Larry Sanders have signed extensions, and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is expected to join the club soon.

Like Wall and George, Cousins is looking to become a designated player on a five-year, max deal worth around $80 million. It's not a certainty that he'll earn the max, however.

For the talent Cousins has that other NBA centers don't, he also has baggage. He was suspended indefinitely a few months into the 2012-13 season after an altercation with then-head coach Keith Smart. He also made a low hit to O.J. Mayo, then sparred with the guard through the media. Additionally, Cousins was in a verbal altercation with San Antonio Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliott last season.

The move seems like a risky one for new general manager Pete D'Alessandro and the new Kings ownership group that includes Shaquille O'Neal. Yet, O'Neal went to bat for Cousins in an interview with USA Today, and so did new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive.

It's hard to argue with Cousins' abilities. He averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last year despite often finding himself in foul trouble.

If Cousins isn't extended by Oct. 31, he will become a restricted free agent next summer, but Stein reports Sacramento will do everything to come to an agreement for an extension.

More from SB Nation NBA:

Paul George gets his max contract

Tony Parker apologizes for gay slur

Lakers, Kobe Bryant haven't started contract talks

Derrick Rose throws party at United Center

The Hook: The right way to use fancy new data

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.