DeMarcus Cousins throws down in a game from the 2012-13 season (Getty Images)
The Sacramento Kings smartly decided to clear house once the team was freed from the evil grips of do-nothing Maloof Brothers, bringing in a new general manager to help clean up the mess the Maloofs and former GM Geoff Petrie created, while hiring a new coaching staff to help work with a roster that lost former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans over the offseason.
Evans was allowed to join the New Orleans Pelicans as a free agent, without much of a fight from the new front office. Seemingly far more destructive and frustrating than Evans, big man DeMarcus Cousins was thought by many observers and analysts to be the next certain Kings lottery pick to skulk out of town, as Boogie was set to become a restricted free agent (as Evans was) in the 2014 offseason. Instead, the new regime recently made a huge commitment to DeMarcus, signing him to a four-year, $62 million extension that the Sacramento Bee and Yahoo Sports reported yesterday.
Centers that can walk and chew gum (and produce a double-double) are hard to come by. Over $15 million a year on average for a big man seems about right when you notice that John Wall (the top rookie in DMC’s class) is making about the same, and he may never make the All-Star team (that’s not a shot at Wall, just a reference to the litany of All-Star-level point guards out East). You overpay, or pay as much as you can, for talented big man. It’s NBA law.
In Cousins’ case, it’s a law I can’t get behind.
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