Just days after NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal purchased a small share in the franchise, the Sacramento Kings and star center/power forward DeMarcus Cousins have reportedly agreed upon a $62 million maximum rookie contract extension which will see the young star commit to another 4 years with the team.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier that new owner Vivek Ranadive had grown fond of the 23 year-old throughout his short time in charge, but had been somewhat hesitant to offer him a max deal considering his unattractive track record of suspension and management enforced benchings, missing several games last season.
Cousins is considered one of the top up and coming big men in the league. Incredibly efficient on the boards, averaging 10 a game last season, while also proving himself to be a quality scorer, there is plenty to love about this talented Kentucky native. It evidently became apparent to Ranadive that Cousins is worth the risk, and offered him the contract that will keep him there until the end of 2018.
It’s hoped that the 2010 5th overall pick can grow into the leader the Kings need him to be in order to give them their first playoffs birth in 7 years.