Wizards fans have always been curious about the prospect of reuniting college teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins on the Wizards. Wall, a three-time All-Star point guard, remains close friends with Cousins, who's considered among the league's best big men.
But a Wednesday report from CSN Bay Area makes that scenario more remote. James Ham writes that Cousins intends to re-sign with the Kings.
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 move can't be finalized until July 1 of 2017. It's made possible under the new CBA's designated player exception, which allows Sacramento to re-sign Cousins for six years (by adding a five-year extension before the final year of his existing contract) for 35 percent of the salary cap.
The DPE gives incumbent teams a better chance of holding onto their players by preempting their free agency with an offer of significantly more money.
Assuming the report is true, Cousins likely won't hit free agency. The only way he could end up in Washington would be via trade, which seems highly unlikely.
Boogie in a Wizards uniform was already a long shot, but it's longer now.
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