Sport DeMarcus Cousins, Kings both would end up regretting huge contract extension

22:20  11 january  2017
22:20  11 january  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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The Kings and DeMarcus Cousins agreed Thursday to a four-year, million extension . New Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has made Cousins a focal point since buying the team. 4. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks to Detroit Pistons: Landing the third-largest contract of free agency behind Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the lifelong Atlantan will have to adjust to cold weather and new teammates. But the talented combo forward can play on both ends and should vault Detroit to the playoffs.

There’s already a leak in the roof of the Sacramento Kings’ new arena, their three-month old Golden One Center, but at least that can be fixed.

However, the Kings’ plans to give DeMarcus Cousins an extension worth around $207 million this coming summer is tantamount to laying a new foundation that’s tilted and being erected on grade-A quicksand. Before long there’ll be cracks in the foundation and the whole thing will cave in long before Cousins’ new deal runs out in 2022.

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So how can the Kings knowingly build a team with a major structural flaw, Cousins’ well-known penchant for bullying coaches and teammates, clashing with the media and flying off the handle at the slightest disrespect? That’s easy: They’ve been losing for so long —it’s 10 straight losing records and lottery finishes — that they’ve become numb to Cousins’ infantile behavior.

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Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is under contract for next season, but he’s also eligible to receive a contract extension from the Kings this summer or fall. He was giddy in his references to being asked to participate in the Team USA minicamp later this summer, calling the invite “a huge honor,” and effusive in talking up the basketball camp he’s put together for children ages 7-15; with well over half the participants there on a free ride, because Cousins didn’t want any potential campers left out.

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But paying a King’s ransom to “Boogie” will be an epic mistake.

We understand their warped logic —and even predicted this exact scenario. The Kings have been laughingstocks since the mid-2000s, and they know because of their losing and location 87 miles from the Warriors’ Oracle Arena, it’s next to impossible to attract major free agents. Plus, they waited too long to deal Cousins, even when the Lakers, in June 2015, made them a pretty enticing offer after they drafted D’Angelo Russell and made him the centerpiece of a deal, along with Julius Randle. The Lakers now like what they have, and that same trade offer won’t be on the table, as SN reported Wednesday.

Now with their new 17,600-seat arena, the Kings are all about investing in Cousins. They’re scared to death that he might walk out of the door as a free agent in 2018. In reality, they should be mortified by the thought of what he might do to their franchise as he continues to accumulate power, despite never leading the team to a winning season since becoming a King in 2010.

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Offensively, the Sacramento Kings ’ DeMarcus Cousins has found his stride. Last season, the 6-foot-11 center averaged a career-high 22.7 points per game — good for ninth best in the NBA — to go along with 11.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. What it all really boils down to, though, is this: Cousin has indeed improved defensively. It’s a fresh of breath air for the Kings , because they desperately need their franchise player to compete on both ends of the court. Cousins is getting there.

“I love it here in Sacramento,” he said after the Kings defeated the Pistons on a night when several fans had to be moved from their seats when the roof sprung a leak. “It’s where I want to be.”

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That makes sense mostly for one reason. Cousins stands to more than double his current annual salary of $16.97 million because the new CBA allows All-NBA selections the ability to command $40 million a year, via the “designated player veteran extensions.” Apparently, it hasn’t dawned on the two-time All-NBA pick that his owner, Vivek Ranadive, and general manager, Vlade Divac, have nary a clue as to how to build a winner.

But this is what Cousins needs to remember: He shouldn’t love Sacramento because staying will ensure that his grand-kids never have to work a day in their lives. He should love the Kings because, for better or worse, they’re putting their faith in him that he’ll finally grow up and lead them to the playoffs.

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In this week's episode, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what has been a slower than expected start to the season for the Boston Celtics, and Kings Insider James Ham talks DeMarcus Cousins . Known as a streaky shooter, the Celtics are wisely riding him out until he cools down. And when that happens, look for Rozier to find himself back in the rotation where he can start living up to the lofty expectations that both the Celtics and Rozier himself have for him in the near future.

They say there are two kinds of leaders in team sports: good — arguably the best of the current group starts with LeBron James, who will make his annual visit to Sacramento on Friday night — and bad, including Cousins. Seven years into his NBA career and turning 27 in August, the Kings are making the ultimate roll of the dice that Cousins can become a good leader. That kind of transformation rarely happens, if ever.

In the past, Divac and several former Kings coaches, including George Karl, wanted Cousins traded because they believed they couldn’t win with him. They saw the worst of his emotional side and believed he can’t be a player a team with designs on winning a title can build around. But Ranadive has been his biggest advocate and is all-in on a new deal. According to CSN California, there are strong indications that Cousins’ camp has recently talked to the team about the extension and plans on signing it.

Once he puts his signature on the contract, he’ll have more power than ever. That’s not a good sign, but if this were just about his talent and size, giving him the keys to the franchise would be a no-brainer for the Kings. Despite past transgressions, he’s proven to be highly combustible, including earlier this season when he angrily berated a local columnist for writing about an off-court incident in New York and mentioning Cousin’s brother. Despite an apology, which didn’t mention the columnist, there’s no guarantee he’ll shape up.

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On Monday, Yahoo reported that new Kings coach George Karl is looking to ship DeMarcus Cousins out of town. But Cousins is a star, and he’s young and absurdly cheap. His rookie extension still has three more The first is that the Kings make a deal with L.A. and take the short end . (Painfully, this one seems The Kings have managed to set themselves up so their only choices are bad and worse.

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When NBA teams find a young player to build around, normally it’s not someone like DeMarcus Cousins. Contrast Cousins with the player the Milwaukee Bucks are building around, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is only 22. There is no comparison. The “Greek Freak” has shown the necessary mental toughness to handle the pressures of being his team’s No. 1 building block.

“When you have a player with the talent he has, the work ethic he has,when you are a student of the game like he is, when you have his humbleness, then you have the makings of a mega-star,” Jason Terry, the Bucks’ veteran guard who has played with such Hall of Fame big men as Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett told Sporting News. “That’s what we’re seeing unfolding before our very eyes.”

As opposed to Cousins, who has had run-ins throughout his career with teammates, Antetokounmpo also is beloved in his locker room, and understands the importance of being a good teammate. He doesn’t throw temper tantrums when his coach, Jason Kidd, gets on him. He has shown the ability to accept criticism, keep his mouth shut, and tries to do the right thing. As opposed to the Kings, the Bucks are building their team on a rock-solid foundation.

That probably hasn’t occurred to Cousins, who posed a question the other night to the local media when reports surfaced about the $200-plus-million extension.

“'Y'all want me to be here?'' he said. ''Well, guess what people? I'm here.”

Sacramento, you’ll end up regretting it.

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