Free agent big man Kosta Koufos has agreed to terms on a four-year, $33 million deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The deal includes a player option after the 2017-18 season that allows the 7-footer to become a free agent again at age 29 should he so choose, per Stein.
Koufos hit unrestricted free agency for the first time this summer after the expiration of his three-year, $9 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. A deal originally signed with the Nuggets in early 2012, Koufos was traded to Memphis in the summer of 2013 despite spending the previous year as Denver's starting center.
Koufos was relegated to the bench for the most part over the past two years in Memphis, but was still useful behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. During the 2014-15 regular season, the Grizzlies outscored their opponents by 4.3 points per 100 possessions with Koufos on the floor, per NBA.com, compared to 2.4 points per 100 without him. He's not flashy but can play solid team defense, rebound and score the easy baskets around the rim.
The DeMarcus Cousins but could use help on the other end of the floor. That's where Koufos comes in, and it doesn't hurt that he was a go-to piece for George Karl during their time together in Denver. Koufos is a big, steady rim protector who can give the Kings some different looks when they want to make stops on the defensive end, and that should be a big boost to a team that didn't really have that element a year ago.have no shortage of scoring talent in the post with