Mar 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) dunks the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings Agree To 4-Year, $62 Million Extension

According to the Sacramento Bee, DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a new four-year, $62 million dollar deal.

The new deal will officially take effect during the 2014-15 season. Cousins averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds last season.

Cousins was seeking the five-year max deal, ranging in the $80 million range — that teams can award their designated franchise player — but apparently he settled for the four-year max.

The 23-year-old center has averaged 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in his career, but he has also led the league in fouls and has been suspended a handful of times due to on-the-court actions. Though, new Kings ownership said immediately Cousins was the cornerstone of the franchise. Chairman Vivek Ranadive’s first call after closing the deal for the Kings was to Cousins.

It’ll be interesting to see if Cousins can mature. The talent is there for the Kings center, no one has ever questioned that phase of his game. If he can accept being the face of a franchise, there’s no telling how good Cousins can be.

Again, IF he can mature.

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