Even with the multitude of news in the past about his displeasure with his team and the trade rumors he’s been involved in, reports have recently surfaced about DeMarcus Cousins possibly extending his tenure with the Sacramento Kings.
With the salary cap expected to increase further after this season, the Kings will be the team that can offer the two-time All-Star center with the most money. That being said, Cousins will reportedly sign the maximum deal with an estimated amount of $207 million for five years if the team offers it to him.
“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 2022-23 season.”
Should Cousins go on and agree to a multi-year deal to remain in Sacramento, he will definitely be one of the highest paid athletes not just in the NBA but in the whole world. His signing could also change the way other free agents will decide on their future and may influence them to stay with their current teams to earn more.
Another thing worth noting is the effect of it to other franchises who have been targeting him next summer. With signs pointing to him remaining in Sacramento, teams that have been rumored to be interested in him like the Lakers, Celtics and Magic, among others, better start preparing to make a move for another big name free agent instead.