Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/23/13
Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is on course to see his contract extended before the Oct. 31 extension deadline for 2010 first-round picks according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Two sources told ESPN.com that Cousins could actually have a deal wrapped up before the Kings open training camp next week in Santa Barbara Calif. But even if it takes longer sources say Cousins will indeed join John Wall Larry Sanders and Paul George on the list of 2010 draftees to receive contract extensions before the Halloween buzzer. New Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro who has been scouting the EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia is scheduled to return to Sacramento early this week and resume negotiations that sources say are well under way. Cousins is said to be seeking the five-year max deal in the $80 million range that teams can award their designated franchise players as already seen with Wall in Washington and soon to be repeated this week with George in Indiana. Getting a max contract is not a foregone conclusion for the controversial Cousins however. He has averaged 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in his career but has also led or been near the league lead in fouls and his volatility has resulted in multiple suspensions. As recently as last December the 23-year-old was suspended indefinitely by the Kings for unprofessional behavior. Judging by the consistent praise Cousins has received from new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive since Ranadive's group won the battle with Seattle to keep the franchise in Sacramento it's been widely assumed in league circles that the Kings are indeed prepared to make a long-term commitment to Cousins banking on the notion that new coach Mike Malone -- as well as the fresh-start feel enveloping the organization -- will lead to a more plugged-in Cousins.
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