There’s been a lot of speculation this season with regards to DeMarcus Cousins’ future. He’s expressed displeasure with his team many times in the past, and the team seems fed up with all the drama and off the court issues he causes.
But Kings fans will be happy to know that the tides have turned and Boogie is looking to stay in Sacramento. Maybe it was the new CBA, which offers players major incentives to stay with their teams, because Cousins is now reportedly ready to sign a max contract with the Kings this summer.
“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.”
This deal would make him one of the highest paid athletes, not just in basketball, but in the world. It also sends a signal that the provisions in the CBA to discourage players from leaving their teams in free agency, a response to Kevin Durant’s move this summer, is working as intended.