Report: De’Aaron Fox seeking maximum contract extension, no discount expected
Fox, who was drafted by the Kings in 2017, will be eligible for a five-year contract extension worth between $150-180 million. According to James Ham of NBC Sports, Fox isn’t expected to take a discounted rate either.
Despite not making the playoffs yet, Fox has shown plenty of signs that he can be the next franchise player for the Kings. In 2019, Fox finished third in voting for the Most Improved Player. Furthermore, he’s only 22 years old, so he’s still getting better.
Kings general manager Monte McNair also believes that Fox has a bright future ahead of him:
“De’Aaron is an incredible young talent,” McNair said on Wednesday. “I’ve loved to see what he’s done and what he’s improved on over the years and he’s got a very bright future ahead of him.”“I think his speed ability offensively to create really is going to be a huge catalyst for how coach Walton and I envision this team being up-tempo, creating the space to shoot threes and attack the rim.”
This past season, Fox averaged 21.1 points and 6.8 assists per game while shooting a career-high 49 percent from the field. During the NBA bubble, Fox recorded 26.2 points and 7.3 assists in only 34.7 minutes.
With that said, there’s no doubt Fox is a special talent. And from the looks of it, McNair is expected to give Fox is full five-year maximum contract extension this offseason.