The Sacramento Kings have undergone some pretty vast changes over the past few months. They have added a new point guard in Greivis Vasquez via a sign-and-trade that sent out Tyreke Evans, a player once considered the future of the Kings. More importantly they now have a new ownership group and a new revived front office running the show in Sactown and hopefully making them a more successful NBA franchise.
As they stand now, it seems like the best option for the Kings would be to build around center DeMarcus Cousins. Though Cousins has been in a number of trade rumors over the past year, it seems that is the route that the Kings are looking to take for their future.
According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, the Kings have been in contact with Cousins’ agent and plan to start talking about a contract extension in the near future. Given that the Washington Wizards almost have their extension of John Wall complete, it seems that Cousins is the next young potential start to get that extension.
Last season with the Kings, Cousins played in 75 games and averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. He also shot a career-high 46.5 percent from the filed last season. The questions with Cousins have never been about his basketball abilities, but have more been about his character. In his three NBA seasons he has received 43 technical fouls and seven ejections and has been suspended on a number of occasions.
Given Cousins’ tract-record, it’s hard to comprehend why the Kings would want to extend him to a long-term deal. However, with the new regime in Sacramento, the Kings have a much better environment to play in and seem to be working towards a clearer team concept. Those factors could be enough to change Cousins’ demeanor and attitude.
As it stands right now, Cousins is somewhat of a wildcard. If he works out his attitude issues, he could potentially be one of the best centers in the league. If he doesn’t fix his behavior, he’s going to be one of the biggest headaches in the NBA. It seems, as of now, that the new Kings front office is banking on him turning his career around. We shall see if that gamble pays off.