A long-awaited and much-debated extension for DeMarcus Cousins has arrived. Jason Jones reports that the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a four-year, $62 million deal, the maximum amount Sacramento could offer their 23-year-old center.
The Kings had until Oct. 31 to tack an extension onto Cousins' rookie-scale contract, and new ownership determined some time ago that they'd make it a priority.
Despite the big man's defensive issues and a notoriously temperamental nature, the Kings regard Cousins as a unique enough talent to reward him as the centerpiece of the roster. Perhaps roping Shaquille O'Neal into the organization as a center-mentor as well as a minority owner could contribute somewhat to Cousins' maturation on and off the floor.