Kings' De'Aaron Fox has new hairstyle, same contract extension desire

Kings' De'Aaron Fox has new hairstyle, same contract extension desire

New hairstyle. Same De’Aaron Fox.

When the new “Brady Bunch” version of media availability started Wednesday afternoon, the Kings point guard looked like a new man. Hiding in the top corner of the video conference call window was Fox without his signature spiked hairstyle.

Sorry folks, the spikes are gone for good.

“That was years of doing that, I’m not doing that again,” Fox said.

Not surprisingly, the look was a common topic during the 20-minute session. So much so that the real juice of the conversation was almost missed.

Towards the end of the call, Fox was asked if the season's shutdown as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic had changed his thoughts on his future with the Kings. His answer was music to the ears of both general manager Vlade Divac and Kings fans everywhere.

“It’s all the same, it’s all the same, I don’t think there’s much to say about that,” Fox said. “I see myself being here. I want to be here. Obviously, you know we want to win and right now, I think last year, we put ourselves in a good position. This year, we’re sort of in the same position to still make the playoffs. So that’s what we all want and then continue to take the next step forward.”

Fox is finishing the third of four years on his rookie-scale contract. Following the season, he’ll be eligible for a massive extension that could add as many as five additional years to his remaining season in Sacramento.

The Kings and Fox already have had conversations regarding an extension, according to a league source. There is no word on the specifics, but salary-cap uncertainty due to the pandemic could make things a little crazy.

Sacramento has two “Designated Player” rookie-scale extensions to use. If the Kings choose to extend one to Fox, it would allow them to go beyond the league’s rule of a four-year extension and add a fifth year. With a remaining year on his current deal, that would potentially keep Fox in a Kings uniform for another six seasons beyond this one.

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The Kings made Fox the face of the franchise after drafting him No. 5 overall, and he is living up to the hype in his third season. The 22-year-old point guard is averaging 20.4 points, 6.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 31.7 minutes per game under coach Luke Walton.

Regardless of his haircut, the Kings would love to keep Fox in the fold as long as possible.

Kings vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Kings vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Fourth time's the charm?

No, that's not the saying, but the Kings hope it works for them Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Kings badly need a win over one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. Sacramento has dropped its first three games of the restarted season and now will take on Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.

Williamson, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has been on a minutes restriction thus far in Orlando and has averaged 14.3 points over 18.2 minutes per game. Still, he can score in bunches. 

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox has been great through three games. He has averaged 26.7 points and 6.0 assists per game so far. If the Kings want any chance of snapping their 13-year playoff drought, though, they will need others to step up.

[RELATED: Boogie appears to subtweet Kings after loss to the Mavs]

Here's how you can watch Kings vs. Pelicans online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

When: Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. PT (Kings Pregame Live starts at 10:00 a.m PT)
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

DeMarcus Cousins appears to subtweet Kings after loss to Mavericks

DeMarcus Cousins appears to subtweet Kings after loss to Mavericks

DeMarcus Cousins isn't playing the NBA's Orlando bubble, but he still is watching every moment of the league's restart. That includes one of his former teams, too. 

It sure seems like he took a shot at the Kings on Tuesday night on Twitter. After Sacramento fell, 114-110, to the Dallas Mavericks in overtime, Cousins tweeted "Who's the scapegoat now?"

Cousins, 29, was selected by the Kings with the No. 5 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He starred in Sacramento, but had a tumultuous relationship throughout his tenure with several coaches, the front office and members of the media. The Kings then traded Boogie during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The center clearly felt he was used as a scapegoat and didn't hold back on the Kings after they lost their third straight game in the bubble. It's no coincidence that Cousins chose Tuesday night's game where Mavs star Luka Doncic had a ridiculous performance with a 34-point, 20-rebound and 12-assist triple-double. Kings general manager Vlade Divac passed on Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft, opting for big man Marvin Bagley, who is out for the season with an ankle injury.

[RELATED: Kings' huge FT disparity costs them dearly in loss to Mavs]

Cousins put up big numbers in New Orleans but tore his Achilles in 2018. He then signed with the Warriors before last season, wasn't himself and sustained a quad injury in the playoffs. The four-time All-Star signed a one-year contract with the Lakers last offseason but tore his ACL in a pickup game one month later. 

The Lakers waived Cousins in February. He didn't play a game this season and once again will be a free agent.