With the Sacramento Kings continuing their rebuild they got some good news on Wednesday night. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, center Kosta Koufos is going to exercise his player option for next year worth $8.7 million.
ESPN Sources: Sacramento center Kosta Koufos will exercise 2018-19 player option worth $8.7 million and return to club. https://t.co/D8y0iw4qmw
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 10, 2018
Koufos was taken with the 23rd overall pick by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2008 draft and has enjoyed a nice 10-year career so far. Koufos has never been a superstar, but he has always been a good role player that can provide good minutes for almost any team.
That being said, he probably wouldn’t have found more money anywhere else, so in terms of making the most money, this was probably the smartest decision for him.
Last year with the Kings he played in 71 games and started 13 of those. He played 19.6 minutes per game averaging 6.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Even with the Koufos picking up his option, the King still are going to have a ton of cap space, although it might be hard to get any big free agents to sign yet. Iman Shumpert and Garrett Temple still have player options that they have to decide if they want to pick up, but even if they do the Kings should still have around $21 million in cap space.
It will be interesting to see what the Kings decide to do with their crowded frontcourt. The Kings now have Koufos, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Zach Randolph, and Harry Giles. Chances are not all of them will be on the roster when the season starts, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a trade happen.