SACRAMENTO -- DeMarcus Cousins is about to get paid. A published report over the weekend had the Sacramento Kings preparing a mega extension offer to the 26-year-old big.
CSN California has confirmed through a league source that the two sides have tossed around numbers and that barring a late change in direction by either side, Cousins intends to sign a massive, max-money extension, estimated at roughly $207 million during the offseason that will keep the big man in a Kings uniform long-term.
The two-time All-Star center signed a four-year max money deal in September of 2013 that takes him through the 2017-18 season. Under the new CBA, Cousins is in line for the league’s designated player exception, which allows Sacramento to give their franchise cornerstone an additional five-years on top of his current deal, keeping him in a Kings uniform through the 2022-23 season.
As an eligible designated player, Cousins can take home up to 35 percent of the team’s salary cap, which is set at roughly $102 million for next season.
The two sides have to wait until after July 1, 2017 to consummate the extension and there are still parameters to the deal that need to be worked out.
Cousins is posting career numbers in his seventh season in the league, averaging 28.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 34.6 minutes per game.
Hold a race, the Kings did.
In Friday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, organized an adorable group of babies dressed as “Star Wars: The Mandalorian’s” Baby Yoda to crawl across the court, Sacramento did.
Not interested, the toddlers were.
Although one baby managed to make it a few feet past the starting line, reach the finish line, the babies were unable.
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Proud of them, their parents still are.
Watch the Kings next on Sunday at Chase Center against the Warriors, you can.
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De'Aaron Fox won't play Sunday against the Warriors in San Francisco, but the injured Kings point guard is close to returning.
"Right now, after talking to [the training staff], it could be as early as the Charlotte game," Fox told reporters in Sacramento before the Kings lost to the Knicks, 103-101 on Friday night. "I don't see it being as late as after Christmas, or even the Houston game right before Christmas. So right now, we're looking at between the Charlotte game and the Memphis game."
After making the drive down to San Francisco, the Kings head out on a three-game road trip. On Tuesday, they face the Hornets, followed by the Pacers on Friday. They finish the trip with a game against the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Fox has been out since Nov. 11 when he sprained his ankle during practice. The team diagnosed him with a Grade 3 ankle sprain.
In Fox's absence, the Kings have gone 8-8, including Friday's fall to the lowly Knicks.
Offseason acquisition Cory Joseph has started every game since Fox got hurt and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.9 assists in 15 contests. Once Fox returns to the starting lineup, Joseph will move back to his bench role and lead the second unit.
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When Fox returns, the Kings will be fully healthy and should be poised to go on a run.