The mercurial DeMarcus Cousins was selected fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2010 based of his seemingly unlimited talent and presence at the center position and he has been all of that. Cousins has also been a handful to manage, but when a player is this dominant at their position, a team has little choice but to work through the apparent maturity issues.
Players drafted in 2010 are eligible to sign a contract extension that would start in the 2014-2015 season immediately after the final option year of their rookie deal is completed.
According to Larry Coon’s Salary Cap FAQ, the maximum salary a player with 0-6 years experience in the NBA can sign for is $13,701,250 (25 percent of an adjusted salary cap) plus raises of $1,027,594. There are exceptions to the maximum of course and typically when rookie extensions are signed, the maximum salary payable will not be known until next July and the contract accommodates that.
Jason Jones and Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee have reported Cousins has reached an agreement with the Kings on a new maximum deal estimated at $62 million over 4 seasons.
Last season, Cousins led the Kings in points and rebounds averaging 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.4 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Cousins got to the free throw line an average of 5.6 times per game, but it is his own rate of personal fouls at 3.6 per game that limits his minutes. Cousins also led the NBA with 17 technical fouls last season and was second in the league with 3 flagrant fouls and 4 ejections.