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- Updated: September 23, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Multiple sources from ESPN.com report that Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is close to a contract extension with the franchise. The extension could be done before the Kings open training camp next week, and is expected to be finished well before the October 31 contract extension deadline for 2010 draft picks.
New general manager Pete D’Alessandro is expected to return to the United States this week and resume negotiations that are well under way, according to sources. D’Alessandro is currently in Europe on scouting work.
Should a deal not be finished by the October 31 deadline, Cousins can become an unrestricted free agent in the following off-season. However, based on sources with the team, the Kings expect to finalize an extension well before entering the regular season with questions regarding Cousins future with Sacramento.
Cousins is expected to earn a max contract extension for Cousins, roughly in the $80 million range. Cousins would join Larry Sanders, John Wall and Paul George as 2010 draft picks to get a contract extension, with Wall and George also getting max contracts.
Since being drafted fifth overall in 2010, Cousins has averaged 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in Sacramento. Along the way, Cousins has also seen his troubles with the Kings, being a leader in the league in fouls and having to serve multiple team suspensions during his young career. The 23 year old’s recent suspension by the team occurred back in December, serving a suspension for unprofessional behavior.
During the summer, Cousins agent, Dan Fegan, told him not to speak with Kings personal and that he wanted a max deal for Cousins or a threat of a trade would occur, according to CBS Sports.
Despite some off court troubles, new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, who helped win a battle with Seattle to keep the Kings in Sacramento, has been giving constant praise to Cousins.
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